Aryan Coal seeks capacity expansion of Dipika washery to 12 MTPA

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New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) The government today said it has received a request from Aryan Coal Benefication Private Ltd (ACBPL) in August 2006 for expansion of capacity of their existing Dipika washery from seven million tonnes per annum (MTPA) to 12 MTPA.

Minister of Coal Dasari Narayan Rao in a written reply in the Lok Sabha said accordingly a committe headed by Western Coalfields Ltd (WCL) Director (Technical/operation) K K Saran was constituted by Coal India Ltd (CIL) on capacity assessment of Dipika Washery of ACBPL and others.

The commitee in its interim report submitted in January this year has assessed the capacity of ACBPL as nine MT as per which the coal company has commenced dispatches of coal to the linked consumer for washing.

However, in the final report submitted by the Committee in April 2007 to the CIL, the ACBPL has been recommended as 12 MTPA which is under consideration of the CIL.

Responding to another question Dr Rao said three coal blocks with geological reserves of about 316.72 MT have been allocated to private parties in the command area of Eastern Coalfield Ltd (ECL).

In response of another question, Dr Rao said the government has decided to allocate Rampia Geological reserves of 275.24 MT and Dipside of Rampia geological reserves of 360 MT coal blocks, located in Orissa to the six private companies for power generation.

UNI

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