Barapukuria to conduct survey to determine more coal reserve

Barapukuria to conduct survey to determine more coal reserve
Present reserve is 392m tonnes at 10 square km area
Shamim Jahangir

Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Limited (BCMCL) is contemplating to conduct a comprehensive survey in Dinajpur to determine coal reserve outside the existing mine site. “Coalmine leasing site is spread over an area of 10 square kilometers at Barapukuria with 6.6 square kilometres coal basin, which has a reserve of 392 million tonnes,” BCMCL managing director M Quamruzzaman told daily sun.

But the government doesn’t have any idea about the coal reserve outside 10 square kilometers area, BCMCL boss said.

“It’s important to determine coal reserve as the government’s vision 2021 focuses on generating 20,000MW of electricity from coal-fired power plants,” he said.

The government would require 25 million tonnes of coal to generate 20,000MW of electricity, he said.

It has targeted to supply 10 million tonnes of coal annually from local coalmines while the rest 15 million tonnes comes from imported coal for producing huge quantity of power, he added.

“The target could be fulfilled by extracting 10 million tonnes of coal at Barapukuria mine site within next two to three years,” he said.

The BCMCL is now producing one million tonnes of coal annually, he mentioned.

“Survey at Bara-pukuria would help us to determine additional coal reserve,” the official said.

Last fiscal year, the BCMCL extracted around 0.70 million tonnes of coal. It provided around 0.5 million tonnes of coal to 250MW Barapukuria power plant with per tonnes cost of US$84 which is $55 lower than the market price.

The company sold over 0.10 million tonnes of coal to brickfields at $139 per tonnes. BCMCL has a stock of around 0.25 tonnes of coal.


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