Coal India Ltd. (CIL) awarded Belaz a $390 million contract for 96 240-mt trucks, according to wire reports. The scope of the contract includes the dumpers, parts for eight years and a one-year warrant.

The trucks will be delivered to South Eastern Coalfields Ltd. operations, bringing its fleet to 162 haul trucks. The majority will be deployed to the Gevra project. A dozen will go to the Kusmunda project in Cchattisgarh.

The purchase is part of an effort by the state-owned miner to ramp up production and modernize.

The first six trucks are slated for delivery by the end of H2 2021.

Previously, CIL ordered 77 150-mt trucks from Belaz for Gevra.

CIL produces 80% of all the coal produced in India.