Cluster No. 4 (ECL)

From Global Energy Monitor

Cluster No. 4 is a group of underground and opencast coal mines operated by Eastern Coalfields Limited, a subsidiary of Coal India, with a combined capacity of 2.8 million tonnes-per-annum (MTPA) in Asansol, Burdwan, West Bengal, India.[1]

The operating mines include Khoriabad opencast, and the Gaurandih, and Gaurandih Begunia mines.

The Itapara coal mine, a proposed 4 million tonne mine, would triple the productive capacity of Cluster 4. It submitted environmental permits in 2018, and updates since have been sparse. 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 appears to be operational[2]


The map below shows the approximate location of the Cluster No. 4 coal mines, in Asansol, Burdwan, West Bengal, India.

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Eastern Coalfields Limited, a subsidiary of Coal India, operates the Cluster 4 coal mines.

Mine Details

  • Sponsor: Eastern Coalfields Limited[1]
  • Parent company: Coal India
  • Location: Purulia, West Bengal, India.[1]
  • Coordinates: 23.761189, 86.948139 (location of district office)
  • Status: operating
  • Capacity: Khoriabad underground (0 MTPA) Khoriabad opencast (0.1 MTPA), Gaurandih underground (0.05 MTPA), Gaurandih Block (0.4 MTPA), Gaurandih Begunia (1.8 MTPA).[1]
  • Reserves: 13 million tonnes (Proven and Probable, 2016) [3]
  • In service:
  • Permits:
  • Coal type:
  • Mining method: underground and opencast
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Ltd., Environmental Statement in Form V, March 31, 2016
  2. Government of India, Ministry of Coal, Question No. 35 - "Opening of new Coal Mines", February 3, 2021
  3. Environmental Clearance, "Environmental Statement in Form-V", Eastern Coal website, Accessed June 2021

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