Bhubaneswar:  Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) has achieved a record coal production of 143 million tonnes in 2017-18.

There is an increase of 2.8% over Rs 139.21 million tonnes produced the previous year.

The MCL CMD, AK Jha, said, “MCL has been able to produce more than 143 million tonne (coal) despite several operational constraints”.

MCL, which will celebrate its 27th foundation day on April 3, is the second largest coal producing subsidiary of Coal India Ltd and contributes 25 per cent of its total production.

The company, which operates 15 open cast and 5 underground coal mines in Angul, Jharsuguda and Sundergarh districts of Odisha, has supplied 138.27 million tonne dry fuel to consumers, 112 million tonne of which was dispatched through eco-friendly mode like railways, Merry Go Around (MGR) belt, Jha said.

The company has registered 12 per cent growth in over burden removal at 138.17 MCuM, which will add to its future growth in coal production, Jha said.

The CMD said that MCL had made Rs 1,300 crore capital expenditure during the last fiscal, which would be a foundation for its future growth plans.