State-run miner and power producer Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) received two coal blocks in Chhatisgarh and Jharkhand for developing power projects in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
Union coal ministry allocated these two blocks to the Tamil Nadu-based firm ahead of the proposed disinvestment of 5 percent government stake in the company. Both the coal blocks were allotted based on the recommendation of the Inter Ministerial Committee.
The ministry allotted the Jigla-Barpalli coal block at Korba and Rajgarh districts of Chhatisgarh for NLC's proposed 4,000 mw power plant near Thirumullaivasal village at Sirkali, Tamil Nadu. This block has a coal reserve of 396 million tonne (mn t) spread over an area of 26 sq km.
The ministry allotted Pachwara-South Block of Rajmahal coal field in the Dumka district of Jharkand for NLC's 1,980 mw (3X600 mw) coal-based thermal power project at Ghatampur, Uttar Pradesh. This block has a coal reserve of 279 mn t over an area of 6.5 sq km.
In joint venture with Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidut Uthpadan Nigam, NLC is setting up the 3X600 mw coal-based project at Ghatampur in Kanpur Nagar at an estimated cost of Rs 14,375.4 crore.
With the implementation of these projects and other projects which are in the pipeline, NLC's power generation capacity will increase to 11,195 mw. Based in Tamil Nadu, NLC currently has an generation capacity of 2,490 mw, of which 1,178 mw is supplied to Tamil Nadu.