December 29, 2008: A joint Indo-US effort, which began in 2006 through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the government level, finally fructified on November 17.
India's first coal mine and coal bed methane (CBM) clearing house was launched at the Central Mining Planning & Design Institute Ltd (CMPDIL), a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd (CIL), in Ranchi.
This clearing house will be primarily responsible for data deposition of all coal bed and mine methane. In addition to this, it will also help companies interested in extraction of the gas. It will act as a single window answer for all such companies, as CMPDIL will have the required data.
Methane - being a greenhouse gas - has many negative effects on the environment. Thus, this methane clearing house will be taking care of the environmental factors.
CIL chairman P.S. Bhattacharya expressed confidence in CMPDIL for being able to shoulder the responsibility and trust vested in it by the Ministry of Coal.
During the inauguration, CMPDIL chairman and managing director Ashok Kumar Singh said a clean energy source would be provided by development of the coal mine and coal bed methane clearing house. It would also provide information on technical, economic, financial as well as policy aspects to potential investors and service providers.
CMPDIL general manager (technical services) B. Dayal told Coal Insights that this was a one of its kind setup in India and was likely to remain so.
Coal secretary H.C. Gupta and US consular general Bethe Pyne were also present and spoke at the inauguration function.
The clearing house is expected to help development of clean energy, safe mining and also help in revenue generation. This would also help India deal with the existing energy demand.
Source: Coal Insights