The government has allocated coal blocks for the power sector that is expected
to add 68000 MW to power generation capacity.
allocation follows the decision of the Energy Coordination Committee, under the
chairmanship of the prime minister, to de-reserve such coal blocks that could
not be taken up by Coal India Ltd and its subsidiaries for mining in the near
coal blocks with geological reserves of about 20 billion tonnes were identified
by the coal ministry for allocation to companies, both government and private,
for permissible end uses. Out of these, 41 coal blocks, with geological reserves
of about 15.7 billion tonnes, were earmarked for the power sector.
coal blocks, with geological reserves of about 6.4 billion tonnes, have been allocated
to 18 central/state government companies. This is expected to sustain power generation
of approximately 30,000 MW. And 31 private companies have been allocated 15 coal
blocks, with geological reserves of 3.6 billion tonnes to support additional generation
of 16,000 MW.
than 900 applications were received for the allocation of these coal blocks.
government has also decided to facilitate the development of ultra mega power
projects of about 4,000 MW capacity each under tariff based competitive bidding
route using super critical technology.
coal blocks, with geological reserves of 1,857 million tonnes, have been allocated
to two ultra mega power projects being set up in Orissa and Jharkhand. These will
have a generation capacity of 8,000 MW. In addition two coal blocks have been
earmarked for ultra mega power project of 2,000 MW capacity each in Chhattisgarh.
coal blocks, with geological reserves of more than 2,650 million tonnes, are also
to be allocated through competitive bidding route and will further enhance power
generation capacity by 10,000 MW. The allocation of these coal blocks will support
a power generation capacity of approximately 68,000 MW which will enhance energy
security in the country, the government said in a release.