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Drilling work for CBM exploration in Jamalganj coalfield starts

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Nasrul Hamid on Tuesday inaugurated the drilling work of three wells in Jaipurhat under the ‘Feasibility Study for the Extraction of Coal Bed Methane (CBM) at Jamalganj Coal Field’ project.

During the inauguration, the state minister said that the government has relentlessly been searching for the alternative source of energy as the reserve of natural gas is on the wane.

He said that ensuring the availability of alternative energy sources has become imperative. The government has been taking effective measures to figure out different energy sources including Liquefied natural gas (LNG), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and coal.

“All sort of possibilities will be explored to keep the momentum of development that Bangladesh is enjoying currently”, he said adding that the country is progressing as per the vision-2021 and vision-2041.

About the extraction of CBM, the state minister said that the availability of methane gas depends on the depth of the coal mine.

There are good prospect of finding CBM in Jamalganj coal field which will be a blessing for the area as it will speed up the development here, he added.

CBM is a naturally occurring methane gas found in coal seams. It is the methane usually found in coal, emitted from the face of coal mines.

Under this project, the presence and estimation of CBM in the coal field will be measured. The total estimated cost of the project is Tk 2337.86 lakh. State owned Petrobangla funds the project.

Petrobangla under the Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD) has recently signed a deal with Mining Associates Private Ltd (MAPL), an Indian company, to conduct a feasibility study of coal-bed methane (CBM) extraction at Jamalganj coalfield.

The Jamalganj coalfield was discovered by an UN-Pakistani mineral survey team between 1962 and 1965 during a geological and geophysical survey in the Jamalganj-Jaipurhat area.

Jamalganj coalfield, with an estimated reserve of about 1.053 billion tonnes of coal, is the deepest and largest coalfield in Bangladesh.

It has seven coal seams in the depth range between 600 metres and 1,100 metres below the ground surface. The coal layer is assumed to be 40 metres wide.

Compared to other coalfields in Bangladesh, with coal occurring at 150 to 500m depth, Jamalganj coal is considered to be too deep to be exploited by conventional underground or open pit mining.

Lawmaker Advocate Shamsul Alam Dudu, Petrobangla Chairman Istiaque Ahmad and Project Director M Akhtaruzzaman were also present at the occasion and gave their speeches.

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