India-based NTPC is planning to start coal production from the Pakri Barwadih coal mine, located in Jarkhand, India, next year.

NTPC’s coal mining project general manager, Upendra Rao, said that coal will be transferred to a railway yard at Banadag via the elevator conveyor system, once operations have commenced.

The 18ft elevator, which covers a distance of 13km from the mine to Banadag coal yard, is being constructed in two phases, reports Press Trust Of India.

The company has awarded contracts worth Rs3.5bn ($77m) for phase one of the project and will assign the work orders for the second phase in the coming months.