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Coal Ministry reviews production from captive coal blocks

July 4, 2014

The Ministry of Coal recently held a review meeting in New Delhi to assess the likely coal production from captive coal blocks during 2014-15.

The meeting was chaired by Additional Secretary (Coal) and attended by representatives of the companies allocated the 21 captive coal blocks that are under production but yet to achieve Peak Rated Capacity and the 6 captive coal blocks likely to come under production during the current financial year. Several other officials from the Ministry of Coal were also present at the meeting.

The captive coal blocks that are under production but yet to achieve PRC include Sarshatali (CESC), Gare Palma IV/4 (JNL), Belgaon (SIL), Kathautia (UML), Parbatpur (ESCL), Gare Palma IV/7 (Sarda Energy Ltd.), Barjore (WBPDCL), Tasra (SAIL), Barjora North (DVC), Marki Mangli I (B S Ispat), Marki Mangli II and III (Shree Virangana Iron and Steel Ltd.), Trans Damodar (WBMTDCL), Moher and Moher Amlori Extension (Sasan Power Ltd.), Parsa East and Kanta Basan (RRVUNL), Gangaramchak and Gangaramchak Bhadulia (WBPDCL), Amelia North (MPSMDCL) and Pachwara North (WBPDCL).

In case of the 6 captive coal blocks likely to come under production during 2014-15, the mining lease has already been executed. They include Tokisud North (GVK Power – Govindwal Sahib), Khagra Joydev (DVC), Sial Ghogri (Prism Cement), Mandla North (Jaiprakash Associates Ltd.), Bicharpur (Madhya Pradesh State Mining Corp.) and Pakri Barwadih (NTPC).

Companies allocated captive coal blocks are required to achieve PRC for mining of coal within the prescribed time frame as per the approved mining plan.

During the meeting, the representatives of the captive coal block allocatees were asked about expected coal production from their respective block during the current year. It was pointed out that any hurdle in the way of achieving PRC needed to be brought to the notice of Ministry of Coal and no effort should be spared to achieve production as per approved mining plan.

It was observed at the meeting that in case of Barjora North allocated to DVC, the production target this year was contingent on resolution of certain issues with the joint venture partner Eastern Minerals and Trading Agency. The matter would be referred to the Ministry of Power. The Sarshatali block allocated to CESC had projected the current year’s production at 2.8 million tonnes as against the production target of 3.5 million required to be achieved under the approved mining plan. The representatives of CESC present at the meeting were told to ensure that the production projections matched the target set in the mining plan. The review process also revealed that production at Marki Mangli I, the block allocated to B S Ispat, had got impacted due to bad roads and traffic restrictions and the End Use Plant was not receiving adequate iron ore.

Based on the review of the producing captive coal blocks that are yet to achieve PRC as well as those likely to commence production during the current year, and also taking into account the information provided by the captive coal block allocatees with regard to expected production, the Ministry of Coal has projected coal production from captive coal blocks at 52.925 million tonnes for 2014-15.

Projected coal production from captive coal blocks during 2014-15
Company
Coal Block
Serial No. of Block
Govt./Pvt.
EUP
Projected Production for 2014-15 (in Million Tonnes)
WBSEB
Tara (East)
1
G
Power
2.00
WBPDCL
Tara (West)
2
G
Power
JSPL
Gare Palma IV/1
3
P
Iron and steel
6.00
CESC
Sarshatali
4
P
Power
2.80
HIL
Talabira – I
5
P
Power
2.50
BLA
Gotitoria (E&W) 2 blocks
6-7
P
Pvt. Commercial
0.30
MIL
Gare Palma IV/5
8
P
Iron and steel
1.00
PSEB
Panchwara Central
9
G
Power
7.00
JNL
Gare Palma IV/4
10
P
Iron and steel
1.00
PIL
Chotia
11
P
Iron and steel
1.00
JPL
Gare Palma IV/2&3
12-13
P
Power
6.25
SIL
Belgaon
14
P
Iron and steel
0.24
KPCL
Bajrang I – IV, Kiloni and Manora Deep
15-20
G
Power
2.50
UML
Kathautia
21
P
Iron and steel
0.80
ESCL
Parbatpur
22
P
Iron and steel
0.64
Sarda Energy Ltd
Gare Palma IV/7
23
P
Iron and steel
1.20
WBPDCL
Barjore
24
G
Power
0.50
SAIL
Tasra
25
G
Iron and steel
0.07
DVC
Barjora North
26
G
Power
2.20
B S Ispat
Marki Mangli I
27
P
Iron and steel
0.08
Shree Virangana Iron & Steel Ltd.
Marki Mangli III
28
P
Iron and steel
0.36
Marki Mangli II
29
P
WBMTDCL
Trans Damodar
30
G
Commercial
1.00
Sasan Power Ltd
Moher & Moher Amlori Extension
31-32
P
UMPP
2.00
Sova Ispat and Jai Balaji
Ardhagram
33
P
Iron and steel
0.30
RRVUNL
Parsa East and Kanta Basan
34-35
G
Power
5.50
WBPDCL
Gangaramchak & Gangaramchak Bhadulia
36-37
G
Power
0.02
MPSMDCL
Amelia North
38
G
Commercial Mining
1.50
WBPDCL
Pachwara North
39
G
Power
4.00
MPSMDCL
Bicharpur
40
G
Commercial Mining
0.03
Jaiprakash Associates
Mandla North
41
P
Cement
0.01
Prism Cement Ltd
Sial Ghogri
42
P
Cement
0.125
Total
42
Total
52.925
Source: Ministry of Coal

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  3. Madan Pal Singh Dilbagh Reply

    October 1, 2014 at 10:09 am

    In one of the coal blocks given above (Bicharpur) where they have not started (upto 4th July, 2014) underground twin drivage of 1200m each, and they inform that they are going to produce 30,000 tonnes of coal during this financial year (2014-15). During last 8 months they have made a open box cut of 80m which comes to 10m advance per month on an average. And they expect to drive 600m drivage where they will encounter first coal seam approx. in next 8-9 months. This is something very great they are going to achieve.

    GOD bless them.

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