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    Default Coal India invites firms to assess coal bed methane reserves

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    State-owned CIL has invited expression of interest from companies for carrying out studies to assess methane reserves of coalfields as part of efforts to increase energy supply and overcome fuel crunch.

    “Central Mine Planning & Design Institute (a CIL arm) invites expression of interest for undertaking R&D (research and development) work under...Ministry of Coal from established R&D/scientific institutes...for carrying out scientific studies on...CBM (coal bed methane) reserves estimation for Indian Coalfields,” CIL said on its website.

    The tender which opened last week will expire next month, Coal India Ltd (CIL) said.

    “India has large coal reserves which may be amenable for harnessing of coal bed methane. Several blocks have been carved out and allotted for commercial extraction of CBM.

    “Carving out more blocks in the greenfield areas for commercial development of CBM is to be taken up on priority basis to augment energy supply in the country. For reliable assessment of CBM resource for carving out CBM blocks in greenfield areas, proving of coal reserves is a pre-requisite,” the tender document said.
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