OPGC to select MDO soon for coal mines
After winning back the Manoharpur and dip side of Manoharpur blocks, state owned Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC) aims to select the mine developer cum operator (MDO) soon for extracting coal from these mines.
´Work order for Merry Go Round System (MGR) for the coal mines has been issued. We hope to select the MDO soon from the open market for developing and operating the mines,´ Suresh C Mahapatra, chairman and principal secretary (energy), OPGC informed. OPGC had originally won the Manoharpur and dip side of Manoharpur blocks but lost them after the Supreme Court scrapped licenses of 204 coal blocks in May last year. In March, the state regained these coal blocks under the PSU dispensation route.
The coal blocks were awarded to Odisha Coal & Power Ltd (OPCL), a 51:49 joint venture (JV) between OPGC and another state entity Odisha Hydro Power Generation Corporation (OHPC).