OPGC's Manoharpur coal blocks face delays - Energylineindia.com
Delays in the grant of various statutory clearances and conclusion of other pre-mining activities has resulted in a reschedule of coal production activities for the Manoharpur block, allocated to Orissa Power Generation Corporation Limited (OPGC), from the earlier estimated FY 2010-11, to FY 2014-15. According to a progress report submitted by the company, as of July 28, 2009, OPGC is yet to obtain the mining lease and mandatory forest clearance, which are processed at the state government level. Moreover, the utility is still in the process of preparing the detailed environment impact assessment (EIA) report for the mining venture, which is to be submitted to the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) for the grant of statutory environmental clearance. In view of these circumstances, the captive block is now expected to reach its peak rated capacity only by 2017-18, against the previous expectations of 2015-16. The Ministry of Coal (MoC) allocated this block, along with the Dip-Side of Manoharpur coal block, to OPGC, in July 2007, to meet the coal requirements of its 1200 MW expansion thermal power plant, which is to be installed at the existing Ib valley thermal power complex, in the Jharsuguda district of Orissa.
On the brighter side, OPGC has submitted the requisite bank guarantee for the block to the MoC, while the mining plan has been approved by the ministry. Furthermore, the socio-economic surveys and the formulation of the rehabilitation & resettlement (R&R) plan have already been completed. Meanwhile, OPGC is in the process of acquiring the land required for the project, at the same time as the requisite topographical survey and boundary demarcation work is being carried out by a consultant deputed by the utility.
With regard to the Dip-Side of the Mahoharpur block, the Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Limited (CMPDIL) is yet to complete the work related to the detailed exploration and preparation of the geological report (GR). Moreover, OPGC is yet to obtain the prospecting license and the forest clearance, even as the land acquisition process and topographical and boundary studies are yet to be completed. Similarly, the utility is still due to obtain the environmental clearance to the associated end-use power plant from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, while its application to the MoC for the grant of tapering linkage to the plant till the time the two captive blocks start producing coal, is also pending.