Ib Valley coal mines

From Global Energy Monitor

The Ib Valley Bandhabal coal mines are a 95 million ton-per-annum (MTPA) network of opencast mines, operated by Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, a subsidiary of Coal India, in the Ib Valley coalfield in Odisha state, India.[1]

As of 2019, the company has proposed expansions of the mines totaling between 26 to 46 MTPA.[1]

The operating mines in the Ib Valley, include: Basundhara, Garjanbahal, Kulda mines, Siarmal, the Integrated Belpahar-Lakhanpur-Lilari Project, Samleswari mines and Lajkura.[2]

In 2020, the Lilari mine is mothballed and non producing.


The map below shows the location of the Ib Valley coal mines in Odisha state, India. The Basundhara mine is at the center.

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Background on Mine

The 95 million ton-per-annum Ib Valley coal mines are owned by Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (a subsidiary of state-owned Coal India).[3]


In 2013, the Ib Valley expansion projects included Gopalji- Kaniha opencast project (30 MTPA), Kulda-Garjanbahal Expansion (40 MTPA), and Lajkura-Orient Expansion (15 MTPA).[3], but these have all been shelved and likely canceled.

Mine Details

  • Sponsor: Mahanadi Coalfields Limited
  • Parent company: Coal India
  • Location: Bandhabal, Jharsuguda district, Odisha state, India
  • Coordinates: 22.059284, 83.730400 (exact)
  • Status: Operating/Proposed
  • Capacity: 95 MTPA Total (Basundhara (7 MTPA); Garjanbahal (10 MPTA); Kulda (10 MTPA); Siarmal (50 MTPA),[4] Integrated Belpahar-Lakhanpur-Lilari Project (30 MTPA), Samleswari mines (12 MTPA) and Lajkura (2.5 MTPA)).[3]
  • Reserves: 23,755 MT (9,135 MT proven, 9,513 MT indicated, 5,108 MT inferred) (total is for entire Ib Valley coalfield)[5] In 2019, the mineable reserves of the Integrated Belpahar-Lakanpur-Lilari Project received a significant upgrade from 299.74 million tonnes to 1262 million tonnes.[6]
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  • Mining method: opencast
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mahanadi Coalfields Limited,Bioprofile of Projects, accessed March 16, 2020
  2. Coal India, MCL Annual Report 2017-2018,accessed March 16, 2020
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Mahanadi Coalfields Limited 2013-14 Annual Report, pp. 20-21.
  4. Environmental Impact Statement Siarmal
  5. Coal Directory of India 2012-13, Ministry of Coal, 2014, p. 2.11.
  6. Environmental Clearance, January 2019

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