Coal In­dia Ltd board okays North­ern Coal­fields’ `1,783 crore mine ex­pan­sion plan in Mad­hya Pradesh

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North­ern Coal­fields Ltd, com­monly known as NCL, has re­ceived its hold­ing com­pany Coal In­dia Ltd (CIL) board’s as­sent for its am­bi­tious Rs 1,783.09 crore coal min­ing ex­pan­sion in Sin­grauli district, Mad­hya Pradesh. The sub­sidiary of Coal In­dia Ltd wants to ex­pand its flag­ship Jayant Open­cast Project (OCP) for in­creas­ing coal pro­duc­tion from 10 mil­lion tonnes per an­num (MTPA) to 20 MTPA.

This ex­pan­sion would re­quire an area of 368 hectares of land, con­sist­ing of govern­ment and ten­ancy lands, for which ac­qui­si­tion of land has al­ready been done, and com­pen­sa­tion pay­ments to the project af­fected peo­ple (PAP) will be started shortly, fol­lowed by Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion & Re­set­tle­ment (R&R) in ac­cor­dance with the laid down pro­ce­dures.

Mean­while, the com­pany has sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment and Forests (MOEF) for re­ceiv­ing ad­di­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ance for the said ex­pan­sion and coal pro­duc­tion on the ex­panded project would only get started af­ter en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ance is re­ceived.

Jayant is the flag­ship 10-mtpa coal pro­duc­tion project of NCL, cur­rently with a 15.5-mtpa en­vi­ron­ment clear­ance. How­ever, this project pro­duced 15.4 mil­lion tonnes of coal in the last fis­cal against the as­signed tar­get of 15 mil­lion tonnes in the present op­er­a­tional ca­pac­i­ties.

The com­pany at­tained the high­est ever coal pro­duc­tion and off­take fig­ures with 84.10 mil­lion tonnes coal pro­duc­tion and 83.46 mil­lion tonnes off­take in the last fis­cal against the as­signed tar­gets of 82 mil­lion tonnes each for coal pro­duc­tion and off­take. NCL is a Mini­ratna Com­pany of the Union Govern­ment and a sub­sidiary of Ma­haratna com­pany Coal In­dia Ltd (CIL). The com­pany pro­duces ap­prox­i­mately 12 per cent of the na­tional coal out­put from its 10 highly mech­a­nised open­cast mines.

NCL sup­plies more than 80 per cent of its pro­duced coal to the nearby pit­head ther­mal power plants of Na­tional Ther­mal Power Cor­po­ra­tion (NTPC), Ut­ter Pradesh Ra­jya Vidyut Ut­padan Nigam Lim­ited (UPRVUNL), the An­para unit of LANCO and other power plants. The coal re­quire­ments for about 12 Per cent of the in­stalled power gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity of the ther­mal power plants of the na­tion is ful­filled by NCL. The bal­ance mine­able coal re­serves of Sin­grauli Coal­field, where the com­pany is op­er­at­ing, are ap­prox­i­mately 9.65 bil­lion tonnes, which is power grade coal, mostly amenable to open cast min­ing.

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