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Mjunction organises 17th Indian Coal Markets Conference ~ Focuses on building a sustainable future for coal ~

Kolkata, March 21: India’s largest B2B e-commerce company, mjunction services limited, kicked off its two-
day 17th Indian Coal Markets Conference at Taj Bengal in Kolkata today. The theme of the conference is
“Black to Green: Building a sustainable future for coal” and provides a platform to industry leaders to capture
the essence of the transformational changes the coal sector is undergoing.
The conference discussed key issues facing the energy and the coal sector in times of global geopolitical crisis
and drive towards emission control and decarbonisation. How India's energy transition journey is evolving and
what would be the optimum mix of fossil-fuel and renewable energy are some of the key issues that were
discussed during the first day of the conference.
There were also dedicated sessions on commercial coal mining and dynamics of global energy trade. 
Delivering the welcome address, Mr. Vinaya Varma, MD & CEO of mjunction Services Limited said, “Today
coal is in demand not only for power generation but for other usages like coal-gasification, steel making and other
purposes. But as we go back to coal to meet the accelerated growth in demand for thermal energy, concerns
over carbon emission keep raising their heads. It is in this context; the theme of this year’s conference has been
In his keynote address, Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Govt of India, Shri Amrit Lal Meena, said: “Coal
consumption in India will continue to grow for many years but will peak by 2040. We are now seeing many private
sector companies taking up underground (UG) mines in commercial coal mine auction. For just transition, coal
mine closure needed to be handled scientifically to protect livelihood by adopting forestations, setting up solar
parks, pump storage projects. The entire coal transition is a complex process which would need adoption of
global best practices.”
Dr. B. Veera Reddy, Director (Technical), Coal India Ltd. commenting on the growth for new projects and
production roadmap said, “By 2025-26, We are planning 1 billion tons of coal production. By 2030, our coal
loading will be fully mechanized.”
At a press meet on the sidelines of the conference, Mr Varma said, “mjunction has been appointed as the
exclusive service provider of CIL for conducting the Linkage e-auctions, and it has launched a completely
revamped platform for CIL on 28th December 2023.”
So far, mjunction has conducted linkage auctions for the cement, sponge iron and power sectors, accounting for
nearly 15 million tons of coal. Linkage auctions for Captive Power Plants, Steel (Coking Coal) and Syngas is
slated to begin soon. mjunction is working closely with CIL in some of its digitisation initiatives and in a significant
achievement, it has designed and implemented the digital signing of Fuel Supply Agreements (FSAs) for Coal
India for winners of linkage auctions, Mr Varma added.
About Us
mjunction services limited is the largest B2B e-commerce company in India and a leading e-marketplace for steel
in the world. Founded in February 2001, mjunction is an equal joint venture between Indian steel conglomerates
Tata Steel and Steel Authority of Indian Limited (SAIL). mjunction provides a transparent and efficient electronic
marketplace where buyers and sellers of diverse goods and services can transact in a model that delivers value
to both parties. Since inception in 2001, mjunction has e-transacted over Rs 16 lakh crore till FY23 on its various
e-platforms. More than 200 large corporates and 3 lakh MSMEs buy and sell their products and services using
mjunction’s e-sales, e-procurement and e-marketplace platforms.