IMPLEMENTATION OF PROJECTS IN THE COAL SECTOR
On being conferred the ‘Maharatna’ status, Coal India Limited (CIL) is now empowered to sanction/approve and implement all its projects including those which are beyond the delegated powers of the Boards of its subsidiaries. Being conferred the status of “Mini Ratna” Board of Directors of Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL), Western coalfields Limited (WCL), South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL), Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) and Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) are empowered to approve projects costing up to Rs.500 crores. The Board of Directors of Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Limited (CMPDIL) is empowered to approve projects costing up to Rs.250 crores as the company comes under the Mini Ratna category-II. The Board of Directors of Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) and Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) can approve coal projects up to Rs.20 crores . The projects having capital expenditure beyond the approval capacity of the concerned subsidiaries are sent to CIL Board, after being approved by the Board of the respective subsidiary, for final approval. As per the Financial Powers delegated to Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) conferred with Navratna Status, NLC has been empowered to incur Capital Expenditure on purchase of new items or items for replacement without any monetary ceiling. Accordingly, NLC Board is empowered to approve the New Project Proposals.
Coal projects are monitored in the coal companies at colliery level, area level and HQ level. Remedial actions, wherever warranted, are taken. Quarterly Project Monitoring Reports of projects costing Rs.20 crores and above are submitted by all companies to this Ministry as well as Ministry of Programme Implementation. In the Ministry of Coal, major coal projects costing above Rs.500 Crores and having capacity 3 Mty or more are monitored at the level of Secretary (Coal) on quarterly basis. In this meeting representative from Planning Commission, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation and MoEF also participate. Such meetings are taken on the basis of inputs furnished by the companies indicating various problems encountered by them in implementation of projects under their jurisdiction and command. Based on the decision taken in the review meetings, appropriate follow up action is taken both in the Ministry of Coal and by the coal companies concerned. This apart, whenever coal companies approach the Ministry for extending Governmental support for resolution of any pending issues affecting implementation of coal projects, the matter is taken up by the Ministry at the appropriate level with the concerned authorities.
During the period from 01.04.2011 to 31.12.2011 no project has been sanctioned by Government.
During the year, Thermal Power Project at Neyveli (1000 MW) at a capital cost of Rs.5907.11 was sanctioned on 9th June, 2011.
List of new projects/RCE/RPR sanctioned by Coal India Limited and its subsidiary companies under their delegated powers from 01.04.2011 to 31.12.2011 are given as under:-
B . New Project sanctioned by Coal India Limited from 01.04.2011 to 31.12.2011
C. New Project sanctioned by Singareni Collieries Company Limited from 01.04.2011 to 31.12.2011
D . RCE/RPR/UCE sanctioned by Coal India Limited from 01.04.2011 to 31.12.2011
The number of mining projects of CIL and SCCL costing Rs 2 Crores and above sanctioned since nationalization till 31.12.2011 is as under :-
* Excluding Capacity & Capital of Merged & Completed-Merged Projects.
As on 31.12.2011, out of total 728 mining projects in CIL, costing Rs 2 Crores & above, 436 projects stand completed (including projects which are merged, completed and merged, & where coal reserve have since been exhausted) and 160 projects are under various stages of implementation. Out of 160 on-going projects, 98 are on schedule and 62 are delayed. Remaining 132 projects have either been shelved or withdrawn. In Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) out of total 142 mining projects, costing Rs.2 Crores and above, 56 projects are closed /dropped/merged/foreclosed, out of remaining 86 projects, 61 projects completed, 13 projects are on schedule and 12 projects are delayed. Out of 12 delayed projects, 2 proposals are for completion and 1 is proposed for dropping.
Main reasons for slippage in the implementation of projects:
Steps taken to improve project implementation:
Land acquisition and rehabilitation:
Sophisticated geological and geo-physical exploration techniques are gradually being introduced for advance & accurate forecasting of geo-mining condition.
Director (Projects & Planning) posted in each company with overall responsibility of implementation of projects.
Comprehensive guidelines for project formulation and monitoring issued by the Govt.
The system of monitoring at various levels has been standardized.
Assistance required in Project Implementation:
LIGNITE PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION / IMPLEMENTATION:
In respect of TPS-II Expansion project, Unit-I was synchronized on 18.05.2011 with oil and with lignite on 27.06.2011.
With regard to Unit-II refractory laying works, pressure parts erection, power cycle piping, blowers, electrical equipment erection & cabling and control & Instrumentation works are in progress. It is now anticipated that Unit-1 will be commissioned in 2011-12 and Unit-2 in July 2012.
Government of India sanctioned Barsingsar lignite Mine Project of 2.1 MTPA linked to the Barsingsar Power Project of 2 units of 125 MW each on 15th December 2004 at a cost of Rs. 1368.25 Crores, at Rajasthan. Revised Cost Estimate of Rs.1880.69 Cr. was approved in June 2007.
In respect of Barsingsar Mines Project, Both overburden and lignite production has been outsourced. The Mine Project was completed in June 2010.
In respect of Barsingsar Thermal Power Project, First unit was synchronized on 27/10/2009 and dedicated to the Nation by Hon’ble Minister of State for Coal on 05th June 2010 and Unit-II was also synchronized on 5th June 2010.
Unit-II was declared for commercial operation from 29th December 2011. Unit-I was declared for commercial operation from 15th January 2012.
A coal based Thermal Power Project at Tuticorin (1000 MW) was sanctioned in May 2008 with a cost of Rs. 4909.54 Crores. NLC is implementing this project through NLC Tamil Nadu power Limited (NTPL) - a joint venture Company formed by NLC and TNEB with equity participation in the ratio of 89:11. Contract for all major packages has been issued. Supply and erection activities are in progress. Boiler drum for both the units were lifted in September 2011. This project is anticipated to be commissioned during 2012-13. Civil works in respect of SG & TG and coal handling system are in progress. Erection of Boiler structures & preparatory works for pressure parts erection are in progress in both the Units. Erection works are in progress for Coal handling plant. Site works are in progress for Switchyard, Chimney and Cooling Tower packages. Tendering activities for Shore Unloaders and Coal washery & logistics and other peripheral packages are in various stages.
Neyveli New Thermal Power Station (2 x 500 MW) at a sanctioned cost of Rs.5907.11 crores at Neyveli as a replacement to the existing 600 MW TPS-I was sanctioned by GOI on 9th June 2011. This project is scheduled to be commissioned in 2015-16. Draft Final Report on Feasibility of Restructuring of Mine I and Mine IA and Inter-linkage study for the restructuring of Mine-I and Mine-IA has been received and is under scrutiny. Soil Investigation works of Lignite & Conveyor Corridor completed. EIA-EMP Study for Mine I & Mine IA is in progress. Site grading and construction of compound wall are in progress. Tendering activities for Main Plant Packages and Balance of Plant are in progress.
Projected Targets for the Period from January to March 2012.
B (i). RCE/RPR/UCE likely to be sanctioned by Coal India Limited from January to March,2012
B. (ii) . RCE/RPR/UCE likely to be sanctioned subsidiary coal companies from January to March,2012