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COAL MINISTRY AUCTIONS TWO MORE COAL MINES

The Ministry of Coal had launched 2nd Attempt of auction of 11 coal mines for commercial mining on September 27, 2021 and bids were received for 4 mines. The auction was held for two mines that have received multiple bids. The results of the auction are as under:

S. No Name of the Mine State Status of Exploration PRC (mtpa) Geological Reserves (MT) Preferred Bidder Initial Offer

(%)

Final Offer (%) Annual Revenue Generated (Rs. Cr.)
1 Lalgarh (North) Jharkhand Explored 1.00 27.038 Adhunik Power and Natural Resources Ltd. 11.00 48.50 213.22
2 Beheraband North Extn* Madhya Pradesh Partially Explored NA 170.00 Auro Coal Private Ltd. 8.50 9.50 NA

*This is a partially explored coal mine and therefore, the PRC is not available for this mine. Hence, the annual

revenue which will be generated from this coal mines cannot be calculated at present.

With the conduct of this auction, Ministry of Coal has successfully auctioned 30 mines till date (comprising of 23 fully explored mines and 7 partially explored mines) from the launch of first tranche in June 2020. Total Peak rated capacity auctioned till date is 63.17 MTPA with average premium of approximately 27.78% against the floor price of 4% indicating strong demand for coal mines in market.  These mines are expected to generate total annual revenue of ~Rs.8158.03 Crore and estimated employment of 85,406.

Commercial coal mine auction has witnessed strong competition and several first-time participants from the ‘non-end user’ category like Real Estate, Infrastructure, Pharma, etc., have also emerged as successful bidders in the auction, which is a positive sentiment shared by the industry after removal of ‘End Use’ criteria from the bidding process and is expected to bring in more efficiency and technological advancement in the mining industry.

(With the inputs of Ministry of Coal).

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