North Karanpura Coalfield

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North Karanpura Coalfield
Location
North Karanpura is located in Jharkhand
North Karanpura
North Karanpura
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Location in Jharkhand
State Jharkhand
Country India
Coordinates 23°43′41″N 85°30′22″E / 23.72806°N 85.50611°E / 23.72806; 85.50611Coordinates: 23°43′41″N 85°30′22″E / 23.72806°N 85.50611°E / 23.72806; 85.50611
Owner
Company Central Coalfields Limited
Website http://ccl.gov.in/
Year of acquisition 1975

North Karanpura Coalfield is located in Hazaribagh, Ramgarh and Chatra districts in the Indian state of Jharkhand. The coalfield spreads over to Palamu district.

Overview[edit]

In 1917, L.S.S.O’Malley described the coalfields in the upper reaches of the Damodar as follows: "Near the western boundary of Jharia field is that of Bokaro, covering" 220 square miles (570 km2), "with an estimated content of 1,500 million tons; close by… is the Ramgarh field (40 square miles), in which, however, coal is believed to be of inferior quality. A still larger field in the same district is that called Karanpura, which extends over" 544 square miles (1,410 km2) "and has an estimated capacity of 9,000 million tons."[1]

The Coalfield[edit]

There are large numbers of seams in the North Karanpura Coalfield, some with thicknesses over 72 feet.[2]

North Karnpura Coalfield covers an area of 1,230 square kilometres (470 sq mi) and has total coal reserves of 13,110.84 million tonnes.[3]

Transport[edit]

In 1927, Bengal Nagpur Railway opened the 72-mile (116 km) Chandil-Barkakana section to traffic. In the same year the Central India Coalfields Railway opened the Gomoh-Barkakana line. It was extended to Daltonganj in 1929. Later these lines were amalgamated with East India Railway.[4]Once the Koderma-Hazaribagh-Barkakana line is completed (expected in 2014), it will mean a new outlet for coal from the area. [5]

Coal-bed methne[edit]

ONGC’s preliminary assessment of coal-bed methane indicates that four Damodar Valley coalfields – Jharia, Bokaro, North Karanpura and Raniganj – to be the most prospective.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ L.S.S. O’Malley, Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, Sikkim, p.87, Cambridge University Press, 1917 (paper back 2011) ISBN 978-1-107-60064-5
  2. ^ "The Hazaribagh District". Geology and Mineral Resources. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  3. ^ Prasoon Kumar Singh, Gurdeep Singh and Brajendra Kumar Tiwary. "Critical Evaluation of Geo-Environmental Scenario of Damodar River Basin, Inia". Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  4. ^ "Indian Railway History Timeline". Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  5. ^ "Koderma-Hazaribagh-Ranchi railway line is now staring at a 2014 deadline". The Telegraph, 19 January 2011. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  6. ^ "Coal Bed Methane". CBM Potential in India. Eastern Coalfields Limited. Retrieved 2008-08-26.