2/16 coal bed methane blocks up for bidding in Chanda | Nagpur News

Nagpur: Two of the 16 blocks being offered in the second round of bidding for coal bed methane (CBM) exploitation are located in Chandrapur. The blocks have over 84 billion cubic meters (BCM) of estimated reserves. The bids are open until May end.
Officials of the directorate general of hydrocarbons had held a presentation about the current rounds at the Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) on Friday.
One of the block is spread in an area of ​​331 square km and has estimated reserves of 37 BCM. The other block is spread in an area of ​​709 square meters with an estimated reserve of 47 BCM.
The additional director general (hydrocarbons) Anand Gupta said that the government is aiming to double methane production to 4% of the total natural gas output from 2% at present. The country makes 100 metric million British thermal units (MMBTU) of natural gas at present. The sixteen blocks offered for the private sector are located in seven different states.
The meeting had representatives from Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), San Vijay Group, Solar Group and Lloyds Group.
One of the major concerns raised by the companies was the difficulty in getting environmental clearance even as the block is granted after the auction. “It gets tough especially when forest land is involved,” said the representatives.
To this, the officials said that the directorate will also help in getting the clearances. A representative of the directorate will also be present during the meetings with MOEFCC for getting the environmental clearances.
Independent consultant Pradeep Maheshwari, who was among those instrumental in arranging the meet, said the move is also expected to pave way for exploring the possibility of exploiting CBM from existing private blocks given for commercial coal mining. This can happen in lines with the directorate general hyrdrocarbon’s current guidelines.
The directorate officials said even as environmental clearances remain a concern CBM exploitation does not require massive land like conventional mines. CBM is extracted from wells through boreholes.

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