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R Power gets nod to divert coal from Tilaiya to other projects

Steel News - Published on Mon, 15 Nov 2010

The Indian coal ministry has allowed Reliance Power to reassign 26 million tonnes per annum of coal from the Tilaiya Ultra Mega Power Project coal blocks in Jharkhand.

The approval letter stated “The company will utilize 16 million tonnes per year of coal exclusively for the Tilaiya UMPP and the balance 24 million tonnes per year will be utilized or disposed of according to the conditions in the allocation letter.”

The coal mines, named Kerandari B&C in Jharkhand, can support 10,000 MW of power generation. It is estimated to be the largest coal block in India and among the top three in the world, with reserves in excess of 1.2 billion tonnes. The mining plan, approved by the government on October 29, allows RPower to draw 40 million tonnes of coal for over 30 years.

The ministry’s decision will help RPower set up new coal fired power projects or use the excess coal for other projects.

The permission has come even as the government, TATA Power and RPower are locked in a legal battle in the Supreme Court over permission to divert coal from the Sasan UMPP to another RPower project.

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