Tenders open for Indian longwall mines

EXPRESSIONS of interest for the development tenders of four longwall mines in India will be sought by Coal India within the next two to three months.

Staff Reporter

Business Standard reports the longwall mines - Tilaboni, Madhujor, Jaganath and Morpar - are found in three jurisdictions and are paramount to Coal India's future supply plans.

A shortage of longwall mining technology in India has heavily restricted production, with only 50% of reserves able to be extracted, according to Coal India chairman Partha Bhattacharyya.

Business Standard said Bhattacharyya told delegates at a conference last week that a focus on underground coal production was necessary to ensure India's coal supply beyond the next 25 years, after which opencut reserves will have been exhausted.

After the bidding process for the four mines Coal India will give a geological report of the areas to a prospective consortium for developing the mines, which in turn would design a blueprint on the basis of an optimum long range marginal cost model, he said.