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Updated: June 11, 2012 17:27 IST

Coal India invites firms to assess coal bed methane reserves

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A view of an open case coal mine in Khammam district of AP. Photo: G. N. Rao
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State-owned CIL has invited expression of interest from companies for carrying out studies to assess methane reserves of coalfields as part of efforts to increase energy supply and overcome fuel crunch.

“Central Mine Planning & Design Institute (a CIL arm) invites expression of interest for undertaking R&D (research and development) work under...Ministry of Coal from established R&D/scientific institutes...for carrying out scientific studies on...CBM (coal bed methane) reserves estimation for Indian Coalfields,” CIL said on its website.

The tender which opened last week will expire next month, Coal India Ltd (CIL) said.

“India has large coal reserves which may be amenable for harnessing of coal bed methane. Several blocks have been carved out and allotted for commercial extraction of CBM.

“Carving out more blocks in the greenfield areas for commercial development of CBM is to be taken up on priority basis to augment energy supply in the country. For reliable assessment of CBM resource for carving out CBM blocks in greenfield areas, proving of coal reserves is a pre-requisite,” the tender document said.

India’s CBM production is estimated to reach 4 million standard cubic meter per day (mmscmd) by 2016-17, as compared to the current level of 0.23 mmscmd in 2011-12.

In order to increase production of CBM, 33 bocks have been awarded so far, according to a government release. The total commercial production of CBM in the country in 2011-12 (up to February, 2012) was 74.833 mmscmd.

The gap between the demand and supply of coal touched 161.5 million tonnes in the last fiscal. The demand was 696 MT in 2011-12, while the supply was 534.5 MT.

CIL, which accounts for over 80 per cent of domestic coal output, produced around 436 MT fuel last fiscal.

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Coal India is living in the DARK AGES Just today there was an announcement of new
innovations in solar technology from Stanford University California where Solar
power generation is now possible at just Rs 6 per kilowatt hour! This means that
solar will now cost less than HALF of fossil fuel power generation. Which business in
it's right mind would want to invest in outdated polluting coal fired electricity plants
and run losses of upto 50 % as opposed to Solar power generation using
nanotechnology? Please wake up and stop wasting out money and holding our
country back with these deadbeat outdated modes of power generation. If the U.S.
and developed countries are being powered with free fuels we will never catch up
with them and end up in a neo colonial trap. This country is riddled with old
outdated leaders who will not let the young brains take over and who will not allow
the younger generation to forge their own future. This is a SHAME!

from:  angela alvares
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 18:16 IST

Coal India is living in the DARK AGES Just today there was an announcement of new innovations in solar technology from Stanford University California where Solar power generation is now possible at just Rs 6 per kilowatt hour! This means that solar will now cost less than HALF of fossil fuel power generation. Which business in it's right mind would want to invest in outdated polluting coal fired electricity plants and run losses of upto 50 % as opposed to Solar power generation using nanotechnology? Please wake up and stop wasting out money and holding our country back with these deadbeat outdated modes of power generation. If the U.S. and developed countries are being powered with free fuels we will never catch up with them and end up in a neo colonial trap. This country is riddled with old outdated leaders who will not let the young brains take over and who will not allow the younger generation to forge their own future. This is a SHAME!

from:  angela alvares
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 18:14 IST
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