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Adani Group CFO says company not interested in India’s coal mine auctions

Reuters:

India’s largest coal mining services provider and trader Adani Enterprises Ltd is not interested in participating in the country’s first ever coal mine auctions for the private sector, an executive said on Thursday.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June opened up coal mining without end-use restrictions and provided financial incentives to attract investment in India, which has the world’s fourth largest coal reserves.

When asked to comment on these coal mining reforms and if Adani would participate in domestic auctions for coal mines, the Group’s Chief Financial Officer Jugeshinder Singh said he would restrict participation to mining services. “Not really until and unless it related to mining services, not commercial coal (mining),” Singh said in a post-earnings conference call on Thursday.

Adani Group’s position highlights the struggles of the global coal sector, which has been battered by low prices and falling demand. It also highlights challenges India – the world’s second biggest coal market after China – will face in attracting private sector investors into coal as it attempts to become a net exporter.

Earlier on the call, Singh had said Adani Group was deemphasising commercial coal mining. “Coal-related and mining-related businesses are becoming an increasingly insignificant part of the group’s portfolio,” Singh told reporters, adding that the company’s Carmichael project in Australia would be less ambitious than initially envisioned.

“Carmichael rather than being a mining business is now a support business for Adani Power,” he said.

[Sudarshan Varadhan]

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