Bhubaneswari coal mine

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The Bhubaneswari coal mine is operated by Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, a subsidiary of Coal India. It produces up to 30 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) on the Talcher coalfield in Angul, Odisha state, India.[1][2]

Location

The map below shows the approximate location of the Talcher coal mines, in Angul, Odisha, India, with the Bharatpur mine, nearby, in the center of the frame.[3]

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Background

The 61.83 million tonne-per-annum Talcher coal mines are owned by Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (a subsidiary of state-owned Coal India).[4] The Bhubaneswari mine is part of the cluster.[1]

According to the MCL website, plans to increase the mine's capacity by 19.2 million tonnes were in place.[4] However, in response to a right of information request in 2021, the mine is not listed by the Government of India as an active new mine project, and thus, this project is presumed shelved.[5]

In July 2022, a proposal to increase the mine's production capacity from 28 to 30 MTPA over the existing mining lease area was granted environmental clearance (EC). The approval was a part of a special dispensation in which India's Ministry Of Coal requested the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to consider skipping the public consultation stage of the approval process and granting immediate ECs to coal mining projects requesting expansions up to 50% of their operating capacity within their existing mine lease area. The move is a part of India's push to enhance coal production in order to meet the country’s energy requirement.[6]

Mine Details

  • Operator: Mahanadi Coalfields Limited[7]
  • Owner: Coal India
  • Location: Angul district, Odisha state, India
  • Coordinates: 20.962009, 85.178092 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 20 million tonnes per annum[1]
  • Reserves: 364.8 million tonnes[8]
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Mine Type: Surface
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:
  • Permits:

Expansion Details

  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 30 MTPA
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Start Year: 2022
  • Source of Financing:
  • Permits:

Articles and resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mahanadi Coalfields Limited,Bioprofile of Projects, accessed March 16, 2020
  2. Coal India, MCL Annual Report 2017-2018,accessed March 16, 2020
  3. Bioprofile of Projects, MCL website, accessed May 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Coal India, Annual Report 2018-2019, accessed March 16, 2020.
  5. Government of India, Ministry of Coal, Question No. 35 - "Opening of new Coal Mines", February 3, 2021
  6. "Ministry Of Coal Requested MoEF&CC To Consider Expansion Of Mine Without Public Consultation Upto 50% Of Their Production Capacity", Orissa Diary, August 1, 2022.
  7. Mahanadi Coalfields Limited 2013-14 Annual Report, pp. 20-21.
  8. Coal Directory of India 2012-13, Ministry of Coal, 2014, p. 2.11.

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