Gare Palma IV coal mines

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The Gare Palma-IV coal mines are a 16.1 million ton-per-annum (MTPA) network of mines 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 is a 6 MTPA underground mine with 141 MT of reserves. It was previously allocated to Jindal Steel & Power (JSPL), a private subsidiary of the Jindal Group.[1] In February 2015, JSPL was 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 are a combined 6.9 MTPA surface & underground mine with 247 MT of reserves. It was previously allocated to Jindal Steel & Power.[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 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 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 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 is a 1.2 MTPA surface mine with 67 MT of reserves. It was previously allocated to Sarda Energy & Minerals (SEML).[10] Monnet Ispat & Energy won the block at auction in February 2015, beating out 14 other bidders, the most of any coal block at Gare Palma-IV.[11]
  • Block 8 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]

Mine Details

  • Sponsor: Various (see above)
  • 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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