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Auction of Coal Blocks/Mines



Auction of Coal Blocks/Mines 

            Under the provisions of the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015, the Central Government has successfully auctioned 31 Coal Mines. This was stated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.


            The Minister stated that revenue which would accrue to the coal bearing State Government concerned comprises of Upfront payment as prescribed in the tender document, Auction proceeds and Royalty on per tonne of coal production. State wise and mine wise details of total amount received by the Central Government till October, 2015 from the coal mines auctioned under the provisions of the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015 is given:- 


S.No.
State
Name of Coal Mine
Total Amount
Received (Till October, 2015)  (in Rs.)
1
Chattishgarh
Chotia
101215310.25
2
Chattishgarh
Gare Palma IV4
82815291.75
3
Chattishgarh
Gare Palma IV5
124809300.00
4
Chattishgarh
Gare Palma IV7
124865245.00
5
Chattishgarh
GarePalma Sector
IV/8
74025205.00
Chattishgarh Total
507730352.00
6-7
Jharkhand
Brinda and Sasai
38617805.00
8
Jharkhand
Dumri
61498499.00
9
Jharkhand
Ganeshpur
438888105.00
10
Jharkhand
Jitpur
136041205.00
11
Jharkhand
Kathautia
410811501.00
12
Jharkhand
Lohari
14370824.50
13
Jharkhand
Meral
23896509.00
14
Jharkhand
Moitra
165629945.00
15
Jharkhand
Tokisud North
351622963.00
Jharkhand Total
1641377356.50
16
Madhya Pradesh
Amelia North
1310176610.75
17
Madhya Pradesh
Bicharpur
68826588.75
18
Madhya Pradesh
Mandla North
153665574.75
19
Madhya Pradesh
MandlaSouth
24158256.75
20
Madhya Pradesh
Sial Ghoghri
29924031.00
Madhya Pradesh Total
1586751062.00
21
Maharashtra
Belgaon
139987109.00
22
Maharashtra
Marki Mangli III
20895243.00
23
Maharashtra
Nerad Malegaon
21926204.00
24
Maharashtra
Majra
24131719.00
25
Maharashtra
Marki Mangli-I
19166408.00
Maharashtra Total
226106683.00
26
Odisha
TalabiraI
204821984.00
27
Odisha
Mandakini
-
28
Odisha
Utkal C
-
Odisha Total
204821984.00
29
West Bengal
Ardhagram
25557181.00
30
West Bengal
Sarisatolli
1519323000.75
31
West Bengal
Trans Damodar
111251178.00
West Bengal Total
1656131359.75
Grand Total
5822918797.25


Further, 9 coal blocks/mines has been offered for auction to the non-regulated sector in the fourth tranche under the provisions of the said Act.

            Coal India Limited (CIL) has informed that the following steps have been taken to increase the production:
1.         Mines / projects to  produce  about  908.10  Mt.  in  2019-20  have  already been identified and further plans to augment production upto 1000 million tonnes are being developed.
  1. A report has been prepared for assessment of the need for up-gradation of technology presently under practice in CIL mines and scope of further modernization.
  2. In order to maintain the planned growth in production and evacuation in future, CIL has undertaken three major Railway infrastructure projects to be executed by Indian Railways in growing coalfields of South Eastern Coalfields Limited, Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, & Central Coalfields Limited.
  3. Exploration capacity is being increased through induction of modern equipment and outsourcing.
  4. High capacity mines are being planned with deployment of high capacity/ high productivity equipment in Open Cast & Underground mines of CIL.
  5. Efforts are made by all sub-subsidiaries for obtaining Environmental Clearance/Forest Clearance within the scheduled time frame so that projects are able to start production.
  6. It has been planned to exploit the deep-seated resources through underground mode of mining by deployment of Continuous Miners & Power Support Longwall Working (PSLW) faces.

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Supply of Coal to TPPs 
As per the information received from Coal India Limited(CIL), there is no such irregular supply/availability of coal impacting power generation in the country. As per the report of Central Electricity Authority (CEA), presently, (as on 08.12.2015) coal stock with power utilities has increased to a level of 28.25 MT equivalent to 21 days’ requirement, as against corresponding level in last year of 11.46 MT equivalent to 8 days’ requirement) as on 08.12.2014. This was stated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

The Minister stated that coal is supplied under Fuel Supply Agreement (FSA) to Thermal Power Plants (TPPs) wherein supply of indigenous coal has been assured presently to the tune of 90% and 67% of committed quantity for TPPs commissioned up to March, 2009 and after March, 2009, respectively. Further, as per Ministry of Coal’s Annual Plan for 2015-16, All India Coal demand has been assessed to be 910 MT against which supplies from indigenous sources has been planned at 699.97 MT (CIL : 550 MT; SCCL : 56 MT & Others including captive blocks : 93.97 MT) with a shortfall of 210.03 MT which is envisaged to be met through imports by consuming sectors. As regards Power Utility sector, against All India demand of 604 MT, supply from indigenous sources has been planned to be 472.28 MT (430 MT from CIL, 36 MT from SCCL & 6.28 MT from others) with the gap of 131.72 MT to be met through imports by power utility sector.

The Minister further stated that in order to improve the overall coal availability for increased power generation and also to liquidate huge stock lying at the collieries, offer was made to all Power Generating Companies drawing coal under FSA to lift the coal which is held in the stocks on “as is where is” basis with the stipulation that the Power Stations will make their own evacuation arrangement. This scheme of supply under “as is where is” basis has been extended for 2015-16 as well. All TPPs having FSA from CIL sources have been informed to lift coal under this scheme by arranging their own logistics for movement from coal offered from various pithead locations, the Minister added. 


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