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September- December 2015


CMPDI CBM Lab is equipped with Porosi-cum-Permea Meter procured under CIL S&T Project “Shale Gas Potentiality Evaluation of Damodar Basin of India”..

May-August 2015


Government has permitted to Coal India Limited for Exploration and Exploitation of Coal Bed Methane (CBM) from areas under coal mining lease allotted to Coal India Limited (CIL)

January-April 2015


CMPDI CBM lab is equipped with Shrinkage Swelling Equipment set-up with objective for measurement of shrinkage swelling characteristics of coal/shale samples to know the recoverability of CBM from deep seated coal and shale under Project "Studies on shrinkage swelling characteristics of some Indian coals to ascertain recoverability of CBM from deep seated coal and shale resources".

September-December 2014


1. Rock-Eval 6

CMPDI CBM lab is equipped with Rock-Eval 6 which is procured under CIL R&D project titled “Assessment of prospect of Shale Gas in Gondwana basin with special reference to CIL areas”.

May-August 2014


Pilot scale demonstration project on “Abatement and utilization of VAM (under National Clean Energy Fund)” Study area: Moonidih underground mine, BCCL is formulated along with CSIRO, Australia.

January-April 2014


1. CIL S&T project title “Coalbed Methane Reserve Estimation of Indian Coalfields”

CMPDI along with IISET, NGRI and TCE implemented the above project.

September-December 2013


1. International Workshop on "Development of Coal based Non- conventional Energy Resources in India"

International workshop on “Development of Coal based non-conventional energy resources in India” held on 12th - 13th November 2013 at CMPDI, Ranchi, India in which delegates from different countries and different industry of India participated.

May-August 2013


A project proposal for “Assessment of CMM potentiality in CIL command area” has been formulated.

January-April 2013


A high level CMPDI team comprising of CMD CMPDI, Director (Tech/RD&T) and GM (CBM) along with Advisor (Projects), Ministry of Coal, participated in the GMI’s Methane Expo-2013 and other meetings of the GMI as government of India delegates during 12th to 15th March, 2013.

CIL R&D project titled “Studies on shrinkage swelling characteristics of some Indian Coals to ascertain recoverability of CBM from deep seated coal resources” which is in implementation along with IIT Kharagpur.


September-December 2012


1. CIL S&T Project “Shale Gas Potentiality Evaluation of Damodar Basin of India”

CMPDI along with NGRI and CIMFR implemented the project “Shale gas potentiality evaluation of Damodar basin of India”

January-April 2012


1. TOC Analyser

CMPDI CBM Lab procured equipment TOC analyser under CIL R&D project titled “Assessment of prospect of Shale Gas in Gondwana basin with special reference to CIL areas”.

September-December 2011


1. Publication of a technical book in Hindi language

CMPDI has published a technical book on CBM in Hindi language titled "कोल बेड मीथेन: एक स्वच्छ उर्जा श्रोत" - "Coal Bed Methane: A Clean Energy Source” authored by Sri A.K. Singh, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, CMPDI, Sri B.N. Prasad, General Manager(CBM) and Sri A.V. Sahay, General Manager(Geology) in September 2011.The book aims at creating general awareness about CBM for common masses in addition to fulfilling academic requirement of graduate and post graduates students of geosciences and environment. It is the First book in Hindi in the field of CBM/CMM in the country.

2. CMPDI bags DGH Consultancy Jobs

A) Development of Virgin Coalbed Methane:

Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) has awarded consultancy work of Rs.5.24Cr to CMPDI for delineation and preparation of Data Dossiers on prospective CBM blocks in Cambay basin, Singrauli and Johilla coalfields for future CBM Round. Interpretation/analyses of seismic and other relevant data for Cambay basin is in progress along with documentation of draft Data Dossiers on Singrauli and Johilla coalfields. 


B) Development of Shale Gas:

Delineation and preparation of Data Dossiers for six prospective Shale Gas blocks within Gondwana Basin:
Delineation and preparation of Data Dossiers for six prospective Shale Gas blocks within Gondwana Basin on Jharia, Bokaro, South Karanpura, North Karanpura, Raniganj, and Sohagpur of Rs.4.45 Cr is under progress for DGH. 

3. Progress on CIL-ONGC Collaborative CBM Project

As per Govt. of India CBM policy, consortium of CIL and ONGC has been allotted 2 blocks on nomination basis - one each in Raniganj and Jharia coalfields and has entered into a contract with Govt. of India for development of CBM.


(a) Jharia CBM block

After getting PEL from the Govt. of Jharkhand consortium partners completed slimhole drilling, exploratory wells and other requisite tests. Pilot wells are in progress. Production of CBM from this block is likely to commence in 2012. A technical committee has been constituted to integrate the development plan for the entire Jharia CBM Block to be prepared by ONGC.

In the meantime, sale of incidentally produced gas has started in the Jharia block; consequent to the approval of the Govt. CIL will be getting a share of 10% from the sale proceeds according to CIL’s Participating Interest in this collaborative project.


(b) Raniganj CBM block

After getting PEL from the Govt. of West Bengal for Raniganj CBM block slimhole drilling and exploratory wells has been completed. The requisite tests are under progress. 


4. Coal Mine Methane (CMM) R & D Project:

A CIL R&D project titled “Development of CMPDI capacity for delineation of viable coalmine methane (CMM)/ abandoned mine methane (AMM) blocks in the existing and would be mining areas having partly de-stressed coal in virgin coal seams”, is under progress at CMPDI. 

5. Commercial development of CMM

CMPDI, on behalf of CIL/concerned Coal Company, has floated Global Tender for selection of suitable Developer for commercial development of CMM in 5 identified blocks (Moonidih, Pootkee-Bulliary and Mohuda Sub-basin in BCCL and, Asnapani-Jarangdih Shaft and North Kathara Phase-I-III & Uchitdih in CCL) in April 2011. The last date of submission of offer has been deferred till further notices as issues regarding operationalisation of commercial development of CMM are under deliberation between Ministry of Coal and Min.
of P&NG.


6. EU funded Research Project titled “Greenhouse Gas Recovery from Coal Mines and Unmineable Coalbeds and Conversion to Energy” (GHG2E).

CMPDI along with IIT Kharagpur are the participating member from India among 11 member multi organizations/multi country project which has been approved under partial funding scheme of European Union Research Commission (Project: #268194/Call Identifier: FP7-ENERGY-2010-2). Prof. Durucan Sevket of Royal School of Mining, Imperial College, London (UK) who is overall project coordinator visited CMPDI and project site Moonidih (Dhanbad) along with his project team during 16th – 17th November’11.

7. CIL R&D project titled “Assessment of prospect of Shale Gas in Gondwana basin with special reference to CIL areas”. 

The Apex Committee for R&D Board of CIL in its 13th meeting held on 08.03.2011approved the above project with an estimated cost of Rs. 400.00 lakh (Rupees four hundred lakh only) and approved duration of 2½ years. The project is beeing implemented by CBM Cell, CMPDI along with Advance Resources International, USA as the sub-implementing agency from 1st April 201.


8. Commercial development of UCG:

Two UCG coal blocks within CIL command area has been taken up for commercial development. Selection of suitable developer for its development is under progress. 


9. CIL R&D Project on “An investigation on Adsorption characteristics of Indian Coals to ascertain recoverability of CBM from deep-seated coal and lignite resources.”

CMPDI along with IIT, Kharagpur implemented the above project with the cost of Rs.98.11 lacs. Adsorption Isotherm instrument has been indigenously fabricated and commissioned at CMPDI under the project which has the highest pressure monitoring capabilities (upto 20Kpa) in India.


10. CBM specific data generation:

CMPDI is carrying out studies related to "Assessment of Coalbed Methane Gas-in-Place Resource of Indian Coalfields/Lignite fields" under the promotional exploration (XI Plan period) scheme of MOC, Government of India. Study of a total 47 boreholes (21 during X Plan period and 26 during XI Plan period) in 9 coal and 2 lignite fields have been carried out so far by CMPDI.

The study will augment the CBM resource base of the country and facilitate delineation of more blocks for CBM development.


September-December, 2010

1. Special Issue on Coalbed Methane:

CMPDI has published a special issue of its in-house technical journal ‘Minetech’ on Coalbed Methane (Vol. 30, No4, Oct-Dec, 2009, pages 105 with 11 articles). It encompasses all the relevant issues related with development in the field of CBM/CMM in the country.


2. Nodal agency for the development of CMM in India:

CMPDI (Central Mine Planning & Design Institute) has been identified as the nodal agency for the development of Coal Mine Methane (CMM) in India by the Ministry of Coal, Govt. of India vide Let. No. 34011/21/2004-CRC (Vol.III). On behalf of CIL, CMPDI is involved in the development of CMM and its subsets such as VAM (Ventilated Air Methane) and AMM (Abandoned Mine Methane).


3. Production of CBM from Jharia CBM block under CIL-ONGC Collaborative CBM Project:

As per Govt. of India CBM policy, consortium of CIL and ONGC was allotted 2 blocks on nomination basis - one each in Raniganj and Jharia coalfield and has entered into a contract with Govt. of India for development of CBM. Slimhole drilling by CMPDIL in both the blocks has since been completed. A report on assessment and compilation of data generated during slim hole drilling has been submitted to ONGC by CMPDI.

Production testing in 2 exploratory wells and 2 Horizontal Multilateral wells in Jharia Coalfield and another well in Raniganj Coalfield is under progress. Production of CBM from Jharia CBM block is likely to commence in 2011-12. Meanwhile, sale of incidentally produced gas has started in Jharia Coalfield.


4. Execution of a CIL R&D Project:

A CIL R&D project titled “Development of CMPDI capacity for delineation of viable coalmine methane (CMM)/ abandoned mine methane (AMM) blocks in the existing and would be mining areas having partly de-stressed coal in virgin coal seams”, is under progress at CMPDI.


5. Identification of prospective CMM areas in coalfields of BCCL and CCL:

Identification of prospective CMM areas in coalfields of BCCL and CCL has been taken up and 5 blocks have been shortlisted for the development of CMM. Detail assessment and preparation of data dossier of these blocks is under final stage. Tender Specification Document (TSD) & Model Development Contract (MDC) has been sent to CIL for competent approval, accordingly tender will be issued very soon.


6. Development of Ventilation Air Methane (VAM):

A draft NIT prepared by CMPDI is under finalization for the development of VAM.



7. Assessment of Fugitive Methane Emission:

CMPDI has identified CIMFR for assessment of fugitive methane emission in various coalfields. Work to be taken up in Raniganj, Jharia, East Bokaro, Singrauli, Korba & other coalfields soon.



8. Training & Workshop Program/Seminars on CBM/CMM

a) Operational CBM/CMM site Visit to USA: Two batches of nine officials from CMPDI, BCCL and CCL visited operational CBM/CMM sites of USA for training & capacity of CIL during June-July’2010 and October-November’2010. The program was supported by USEPA.

b) Work shop on CBM: CMPDI along with Geological Survey of India Training Institute (GSI-TI), Kuju, Hazaribagh, organized a 4 days training /workshop on “Fundamental Aspects of Coalbed Methane”. The training program was also followed by a day field visit to Moonidih CMM Project, Dhanabad. Program was participated by 21 representatives from GSI, Coal India and various other organization involved/ looking forward in the field of CBM/CMM development.

c) Participation in the International Seminars under India CBM/CMM Clearinghouse funding:

(1)  A team under the leadership of Director (T/RD&T) and other official of CIL participated in the “US Coal Mine Methane Conference, 5-7 October, 2010”, in Alabama.

(2)  Another official from CMPDI participated “US Coal Mine Methane Conference, October 2009,” in Boulder, Colorado.


9. Development of Underground Coal Gasification (UCG):

CIL has approved final TSD for the development of UCG in 2 identified coal blocks in CIL command areas. NIT has been issued on 16.12.2010. Last date for submission/opening of Tender is 10.2.2011. Tender papers and other details can be obtained from the office of GM (CBM), CMPDI and also from CMPDI’s Web Site “http://www.cmpdi.co.in/”

Additionally, a draft assessment report based on UCG specific data generated in Kasta UCG Block (Eastern Coalfield Limited) has been prepared by CMPDI which is under study by ONGC and its consortium for UCG development.

January-April, 2009

1. New CBM blocks identified for development through global bidding

Eight new CBM blocks have been identified and data dossiers have been prepared by CMPDI in deep-seated coal deposits, where mining is not contemplated in the near future, for commercial development.


DGH, on behalf of the Govt. of India has invited offers for award of 10 CBM blocks (including the above 8 blocks) under Round IV of Global Bidding. This will be in addition to 26 blocks which have been allotted in the previous 3 rounds of Bidding.


2. Identification of Coal Mine Methane (CMM) Blocks

Identification of prospective CMM areas in coalfields of ECL, BCCL and CCL has been taken up for which collection and collation of available data/plans are in progress for the identified area.


For getting technical support and to address issues related to Resource Assessment in coal seams occurring under de-stressed condition, engagement of experts has been taken up.


3. Assessment of CMM Potential Related to Large Opencast Mines

Data generation for assessment of CMM Potential in the projectised areas of large open cast mines in Moher Sub-basin of NCL, Singrauli Coalfield and Korba Coalfield has been taken up. These projects were showcased at M2M Partnership Expo 2007 held at Beijing, China from 30th Oct to 1st Nov.'2007.


4. CMTF Project on VAM

A project titled "Ventilation Air Methane Emissions: Mitigation and utilization under Indian mining scenario" has been endorsed by CMTF and APP under Project No. CML-08-21 in October '08. A detailed project proposal is under formulation. Help has been sought for short listing of experts in this field for formulation of a viable VAM project under Indian Mining Scenario. For the purpose, interactions have been made with USEPA officials in getting information regarding suitable experts.