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