Gare Palma IV coal mines

From Global Energy Monitor

The Gare Palma-IV coal mines are a network of mines that produce 16.1 million ton-per-annum (MTPA) on the Gare Palma-IV coalfield in Chhattisgarh state, India.

Location

The map below shows the location of the Gare Palma-IV mines, in Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh state.

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Background on Mine

The million ton-per-annum Gare Palma-IV coal mines consist of eight blocks (and possibly more that have yet to be allocated). In February 2015, following scandals about government auctions of coal blocks, all eight blocks were re-auctioned.

Block 1

Block 1 is a 6 million tonne underground mine with 141 million tonnes of reserves. After the coal auction in 2020, it was reallocated to it's previous owner Jindal Steel & Power (JSPL), a private subsidiary of the Jindal Group.[1]

Back in February 2015, JSPL had been outbid by Bharat Aluminium Company, but in March 2015 the coal ministry, arguing that this bid was too low, granted the lease to Coal India instead (along with Blocks 2 & 3).[2][3]

Blocks 2 & 3

These are a combined 6.9 MTPA surface & underground mine with 187.19 MT of mineable reserves. It was previously allocated to Jindal Steel & Power on 964.65 ha.[4] In February 2015 JSPL won renewed rights at auction, but in March 2015 the coal ministry, arguing that this bid was too low, granted the lease to Coal India instead (along with Block 1).[3] JSPL sued, and a court granted interim relief to JSPL while the lawsuit moved forward.[5]

Block 4

This is a 1 MTPA surface/underground mine with 39 MT of reserves. It was previously allocated to state-owned Jayaswal Neco Industries (JNIL).[6] Hindalco Industries won the block at auction in February 2015.[2]

Block 5

This is a 1 MTPA underground mine with 99 MT of reserves. It was previously allocated to Monnet Ispat & Energy, a subsidiary of the Monnet Group.[7] Hindalco Industries won the block at auction in February 2015.[2]

Block 6

This is a proposed 4 MTPA surface/underground mine with 158 MT of reserves. It was previously allocated to Jindal Steel & Power, but has not yet been mined.[8] The mine was removed from auction in February 2015 for further study.[9]

Block 7

This is a 1.2 MTPA surface mine with 60 MT of mineable reserves. After the 2020 coal auctions, it was reallocated to its previous owner Sarda Energy & Minerals (SEML).[10] Back in February 2015, Monnet Ispat & Energy won the block at auction, beating out 14 other bidders, the most of any coal block at Gare Palma-IV.[11]

Block 8

This is a proposed 1.2 MTPA surface/underground mine with 98 MT of reserves. It was previously allocated to Jayaswal Neco Industries, but has not yet been mined. [12] Ambuja Cements, a subsidiary of Swiss company Holcim, won the block at auction in February 2015. Ambuja says they plan to begin mining by 2018.[13] The project received environmental permits in 2019.

Mine Details

  • Sponsor: Coal India, Ambuja Cements, Monnet Ispat & Energy, and others.
  • Location: Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh state, India
  • Coordinates: 22.11866, 83.53358 (exact)
  • Status: Operating (Blocks 1-5, 7); Proposed (Blocks 6 & 8)
  • Capacity: 16.1 MTPA existing, 5.2 MTPA proposed
  • Reserves: 849 MT
  • In service:
  • Permits:
  • Coal type:
  • Mining method: Both surface & underground
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources

References

  1. Gare Palma IV/1 Mine, MSTC, accessed May 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Coal auction: Balco bags one more mine in Chhattisgarh, DNA India, 21 Feb. 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Cancelled JSPL, Balco mines given to Coal India, Economic Times, 23 Mar. 2015.
  4. Gare Palma IV/2 & 3 Mine, MSTC, accessed May 2015.
  5. Delhi High Court gives JSPL interim relief; restrains government from allotting coal blocks to Coal India, Economic Times, 24 Mar. 2015.
  6. Gare Palma IV/4 Mine, MSTC, accessed May 2015.
  7. Gare Palma IV/5 Mine, MSTC, accessed May 2015.
  8. Proposed Gare IV/6 Coal Mine Project: Draft EIS, Jindal Steel & Power, April 2013.
  9. Coal auction: Four Sesa bids rejected, Adani, Birla bids sail through, DNA India, 13 Feb. 2015.
  10. Gare Palma IV/7 Mine, MSTC, accessed May 2015.
  11. Monnet Ispat & Energy wins Gare Palma IV-7 mine, NewsOnProjects.com, 24 Feb. 2015.
  12. Gare Palma IV/8 Mine, MSTC, accessed May 2015.
  13. Ambuja to invest Rs 370 cr for development of Gare-Palma-IV/8, Business Standard, 17 Mar. 2015.

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