Govt extends deadline for empanelment of third-party agencies for coal sampling
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Coal Ministry extends deadline for empanelment of third-party agencies for coal sampling

The Ministry of Coal has extended the last date for the submission of RfQ for empanelment of Third-Party Agencies (TPAs) for coal sampling

New Delhi: The Ministry of Coal has extended the last date for the submission of Request for Qualification (RfQ) for empanelment of Third-Party Agencies (TPAs) for coal sampling until November 30, an official notification dated November 8 said. In an action plan released earlier in May this year, the Ministry of Coal had placed a lot of emphasis on having third-party conduct quality checks for coal produced by coal companies, which has been a long-standing demand from both power and non-power consumers of coal.

"The Ministry of Coal has extended the date for submitting the Request for Qualification (RFQ) for empanelment of Third-Party Testing Agencies... till 17:00 Hrs , 30th November 2023," the coal ministry said in a statement.

Coal sampling

The TPAs will be responsible for collection of samples at loading end of the coal companies, preparation of laboratory samples, testing and analysis of prepared samples in NABL-accredited laboratories and the preparation of test report for samples and associated documentation.

The Coal Controller's Organisation (CCO), a key subordinate office under the Ministry of Coal, oversees the grading of coal, lignite seams, mines, quality surveillance and other responsibilities.

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Now all the consumers of Coal India Ltd (CIL) have the option for quality assessment of the supplies through independent third-party sampling agencies. These accredited third-party agencies have been engaged to ascertain coal quality from loaded coal wagons, lorries as per prescribed norms. CIL accounts for over 80 percent of domestic coal output.

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