Mand Raigarh Coalfield

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Mand Raigarh Coalfield
Location
Mand Raigarh Coalfield is located in Chhattisgarh
Mand Raigarh Coalfield
Mand Raigarh Coalfield
Location in Chhattisgarh
State Chhatisgarh
Country India
Coordinates 22°16′6″N 83°20′38″E / 22.26833°N 83.34389°E / 22.26833; 83.34389Coordinates: 22°16′6″N 83°20′38″E / 22.26833°N 83.34389°E / 22.26833; 83.34389
Owner
Company South Eastern Coalfields Limited
Website http://secl.gov.in/
Year of acquisition 1985

Mand Raigarh Coalfield is located in Raigarh district in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It lies in the valley of the Mand River, a tributary of the Mahanadi.

The coalfield[edit]

Mand Raigarh Coalfield, along with Korba and Hasdo Arand Coalfields forms the South Chhatisgarh Coalfields. Mand Raigarh Coalfield includes the areas earlier known as North Raigarh, South Raigarh and Mand River Coalfields. Of at least twelve seams in the Mand Valley, the Mand and Taraimar seams are important.[1]

Mand Raigarh Coalfield is spread over an area of 520 square kilometres (200 sq mi). The field has a potential for mining of power grade coal, much of which can be extracted through open cast mining. Gare block has been identified for captive mining by private companies.[2][3]

According to the Geological Survey of India total reserves (including proved, indicated and inferred reserves) of non-coking coal in the Mand Raigarh Coalfield is 18,532.93 million tonnes. Out of this 13,868.20 million tonnes is up to depth of 300 metres, 4569.51 million tonnes is at a depth of 300-600 meres and 95.22 million tonnes is at a depth of 600–1200 m.[4]

Operations[edit]

Baroud Open Cast Mine[edit]

Baroud Open Cast Mine of Mand Raigarh Coalfields, consisting of Baroud and Rai West geological fields, will produce 3.5 million tonnes per annum at peak levels. Raigarh, 45 km away is the nearest railhead.[5]

Transport[edit]

The new coalfield Mand-Raigarh is being linked to Korba Coalfield. It will be subsequently connected to the Pendra Road-Amritpur line.[6]

The Mand Raigarh Coalfield does not have a rail link (as of 2012). Construction of the 180 km (112 mi) long Bhupdeopur-Korichhapar/Baroud-Dharamjaygarh with an extension up to the Champa-Korba branch line is essential for the transportation of around 100 million tonnes of coal planned annually from Mand Raigarh Coalfield. South Eastern Coalfields Limited will fund this project.[7]

Power Plants[edit]

NTPC has planned to set up the 5 x 800 MW Lara Super Thermal Power Project in Raigarh district. Coal requirement will be met from Talaipalli coal block of Mand Raigarh Coalfield.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shri Kamal Sharma, Spatial Framework and Economic Development, Northern Book Centre, 4221/1 Daryaganj, Ansari Road, New Delhi 110 002, 2000, p. 158, ISBN 81-7211-111-8
  2. ^ "Mand Raigarh Coalfields". geologyata.info. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  3. ^ "Mand Raigarh Coalfields". South Eastern Coalfields. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  4. ^ "Coal Resources of India (As on 1.1.2004)". Coal Wing, Geological Survey of India, Kolkata. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  5. ^ "Summary of EIA/EMP of Baroud Expansion Open Cast Project (3.5 MTY) for Public Hearing". Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  6. ^ "Coal India plans to build 3 new rail links". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  7. ^ Mehdudia, Sujay. "290 MT Coal evacuation hampered due to lack of rail infrastructure". The Hindu Business Line, 22 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  8. ^ "NTPC to set up 5 X 800 MW Lara Super Thermal Power Project at Raigarh". Retrieved 2011-09-19.