Bidding for 15 blocks offered in the first coal-bed methane (CBM) round in more than a decade will start on 15 February 2022 and end on 15 March 2022.Bidding for 15 blocks offered in the first coal-bed methane (CBM) round in more than a decade will start on 15 February 2022 and end on 15 March 2022.

Bids under the Special CBM Bid Round-2021, which was launched in September 2021, were originally due on 20 February 2022, but the deadline was postponed.

The government has offered 15 blocks in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh for extracting gas from coal seams (CBM).

This is the first CBM bid round in more than a decade. The last round was held in 2010.

The maximum number of five coal-bed methane (CBM) blocks have been offered in Madhya Pradesh, and two blocks each in Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Odisha. Three blocks are on offer in Chhattisgarh and one in West Bengal.

The government has awarded 29 CBM blocks in the previous four rounds of bidding.

All the 15 blocks are in Category-III basins that hold prospective resources to be explored and discovered.

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