Talabira coal mines

From Global Energy Monitor

The Talabira coal mines are a pair of coal mines, Talabira II & III, currently owned by Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) India in Odisha state, India. The company began digging the mines in 2019, with a planned capacity of 20 million tonnes per annum, and proposed expansion to 30 million tonnes per annum.[1]

The projects will supply coal to NTPL (a joint venture company of NLC India and M/s TANGEDCO [Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company]) and Odisha Power Projects.[2]

As of 2020, the mines produced only 0.27 million tonnes.


The map below shows the Talabira mines, near Talabira village, Sambalpur district, Odisha state.[3]

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The mines have changed ownership several times until the buyout by NCL India in 2016. The Talabira-II coal block was formerly owned by Hindalco Industries, but was never mined. This coal block allocation was particularly scandalous, and was an important driver in the reallocation of dozens of coal blocks across India in early 2015.[4][5] Talabira-III was allocated to Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (a subsidiary of state-owned Coal India), but it was also never mined.[6]


The local residents in Talabira are currently staging large scale protests against construction, which began in 2019.[7]

Mine Details

  • Sponsor: Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) India
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Talabira village, Sambalpur district, Odisha state, India
  • Coordinates: 21.734804, 83.989432 (exact)
  • Status: Proposed
  • Capacity: 20 MTPA[8]
  • Production: 0.28 million tonnes (2020)
  • Reserves: 553.98 MT[9]
  • In service:
  • Permits:
  • Coal type:
  • Mining method:
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