India state-owned producer National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has placed its Dulanga coal mine into commercial operation.

The company said 28 December that commercial mining began on 1 October.

It is now on its way to a peak production goal of 7 million tonnes annually at the site in Odisha.

NTPC oversees nine coal blocks allocated by the Indian government: Pakri-Barwadih, Chatti-Bariatu and Chatti-Bariatu (South), Kerandari, Dulanga, Talaipalli, Banai, Bhalumuda, Mandakini-B, and Badam.

The company's ultimate goal is to produce 103 million tonnes per year from its holdings.

Earlier in December, NTPC confirmed it had earned a CII-ITC Sustainability Award for 2020.

The honour was bestowed in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) domain, in the Corporate Excellence category, with a Commendation for Significant Achievement.

It is the second award in two years for the company; it also won in 2019.