National Coal Index declines by 4.75% in December 2023, indicates increased coal availability

The National Coal Index has shown a significant decline of 4.75 percent in December 2023 at 155.44 points compared to December 2022
National Coal Index declines by 4.75% in December 2023, indicates increased coal availability
National Coal Index declines by 4.75% in December 2023, indicates increased coal availabilityEnergy Watch

New Delhi: The National Coal Index (provisional) has shown a significant decline of 4.75 percent in December 2023 at 155.44 points compared to December 2022, where it was at 163.19 points, said the Ministry of Coal in a statement on Thursday. “This notable decrease indicates sufficient availability of coal in market to meet the growing demands,” it added. The National Coal Index (NCI) is a price index that combines coal prices from all sale channels — Notified Prices, Auction Prices, and Import Prices. It considers prices of coking and non-coking coal of various grades transacted in the regulated (power and fertilizer) and non-regulated sectors.

Established with the base year as FY 2017-18, NCI serves as a reliable indicator of market dynamics, providing valuable insights of price fluctuations.

National Coal Index peak was reached in June 2022

The peak of NCI was observed in June 2022 when the index reached 238.83 points, but subsequent months have experienced a decline, indicative of abundant availability of coal in the Indian market, said the Coal Ministry.

“Additionally, the premium on coal auctions indicates the pulse of the industry, and the sharp decline in coal auction premium confirms the sufficient coal availability in the market. The impressive growth of 10.74 percent in the country’s coal production during Dec’23 as compared to the corresponding period of last year ensures a stable supply for various sectors reliant on coal, significantly contributing to the overall energy security of the nation,” said the statement.

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“The downward trajectory of the NCI signifies a more equitable market, harmonising supply and demand dynamics. With sufficient coal availability, the nation can not only address burgeoning demands but also underpin its long-term energy requisites, thereby fortifying a more resilient and sustainable coal industry and fostering a prosperous future for the nation,” said the Coal Ministry.

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