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CIL Expects to Resume Dipka Mine Within 10 Days

Coal News - Published on Wed, 09 Oct 2019

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Reuters reported that Coal India Ltd has resumed some production at its Dipka mine after flooding and aims to have at least a third of output back up and running within 10 days. The mine in Chhattisgarh state in central India, one of India’s largest open-cast operations, was closed due to flooding after embankments of a nearby river broke due to heavy rainfall. The shutdown at the mine has left some power plants in eastern and central India scrambling to secure alternative supplies of fuel.

Mr Binay Dayal technical director at Coal India said that it would take a month before production resumed at the lower benches of the mine. A return to full production at the mine, which produces about 30 million tonnes a year or over 82,000 tonnes a day, could take longer still. We are trying to achieve 30,000 tonnes production per day from the upper and middle benches of the mine in 10 days. We will start pumping out water from the lower benches where water has become quite voluminous and that will take at least a month.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 09 Oct 2019
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