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950 Million Tonnes Coal Reserve Identified

New Delhi: April 30,2013

 

Minister of State for Coal, Shri Pratik Prakash Bapu Patil informed the Lok Sabha today that with a view to developing Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) potential in our country for energy production, Govt. has notified UCG as one of the end uses under captive coal mining policy. Five lignite blocks and two coal blocks of estimated reserves 950.5 Million Tonnes had been identified for offer to various companies for taking up UCG projects as per the amended provisions of Mines and Minerals (Development & Regulation) Act and the Rules there under. He was replying to a written question in the house. The State-wise details of these blocks are:-

 

S. No.

Category

Name of Block

State

Estimated Reserves

(in Million Tonnes)

1.

Coal

Yellandu (Dip Side)

Andhra Pradesh

43.50

2.

Coal

Bandha

Madhya Pradesh

200.00

3.

Lignite

Sindhari West

Rajasthan

279.00

4.

Lignite

Chokla North

Rajasthan

211.00

5.

Lignite

Nimbalkot

Rajasthan

50.00

6.

Lignite

Nagurda

Rajasthan

80.00

7.

Lignite

Dungra

Gujarat

87.00

Total

950.50

 

 

He further said that since the UCG Technology has been tried only recently, it is not be possible to assess its contributions to energy needs of the country at this stage.

 

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