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CIL’s Dipka mine resumes production

Coal India Ltd.’s (CIL) Dipka mine has resumed production with its output reaching 23,000 tonnes on October 8, 2019. Operations at this mine were badly hit last month following a breach in the embankment of a seasonal river Lilagarh, which had flooded the mine’s lower benches.

This 35-million-tonne annual capacity mine is one of CIL’s highest yielding mines.

It is under South Eastern Coalfields Ltd. Production drop at this and two other mines (Gevra, also under SECL and Rajmahal under Eastern Coalfields Ltd.) had contributed to a nearly 10-million-tonne output slippage at CIL in September 2019. While it was river breach at Dipka, it was heavy rains at Gevra and Rajmahal

A CIL spokesman said that dispatch from Dipka had begun through merry-go-round (direct dispatch to power stations) as well as through railway rakes.

Six pumps were working to de-water the mine and overburden removal, an important activity to expose coal seam for future production in an opencast mine, is being restored to normal levels.

A team of officials are now monitoring coal supplies to power plants, especially those which are stressed for coal. According to CIL sources, as of October 8, coal stock at power plants was around 17.3 million tonnes which was 11 days requirement on an average. Two plants were running with critical stocks (less than seven days) while one was super critical with less than five days of coal stock.


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