To meet future coal demand for electricity generation, Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD) has recently instructed Dighipara Coal Mine to handover the exploration licence to Barapukaria Coal Mine Company (BCMCL).
BCMCL will implement the mega task aims to feed upcoming coal-fired power projects having capacity to generate 20,000MW power depending on local and imported coal by 2030.
In 2012, state-owned oil and gas Exploration Company, Petrobangla, agreed on principle to hand over Dighipara Coal Mine to BCMCL but the process was stuck in red tape.
In September 7 this year, the process of handing over the Dighipara to BCMCL got motion after the Bureau of Mineral Development (BMD) was issued a directive from the EMRD for allowing the exploration license to BCMCL, sources with the EMRD said.
As per Mine and Mineral Resources Rules 13 of 2012, four thousand hector coal mine will be handed over to the BCMCL, sources added.
BCMCL Managing Director Md Aminuzzaman told the energynewsbd.com that they will soon conduct a feasibility study there after BMD gives them the necessary approval.
He said the coalfield is yet to have any feasibility study so far. “The company has already prepared a proposal to conduct the study”, he said adding that as soon as they get approval, they will move forward.
Dighipara is one of the five coal zones of the country where geologists confirmed a probable reserve of nearly 600 million tonnes of high-grade bituminous coal in 1995.
According to information provided by the state owned Petrobangla, there are seven layers in the Dighipara coal mine has seven layers and each has a thickness of 72 metre. The depth of the pit is 328 to 407 metre.
Sources said that around 10,000 tonnes of coal will be extracted daily from the mine by using underground mining method.
Earlier, a South Korean consortium has shown its interest to develop the Dighipara coal field and setting up a mega coal- fired power plant through joint venture in northern part of the country
The business consortium includes Korean Resources Corporation (KORES), Korea Western Power (KOWEPO), Pohang Iron and Steel Company (POSCO) and Luxon Global. On behalf of the consortium, KORES Chief Executive Officer Shin-Jong Kim recently sent a letter to the primer.