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Updated: 07.02.2018

Achievements of CMPDI during 2009-10

Financial year 2009-10 had been a spectacular year for CMPDI. CMPDI recorded excellent all-round performance during the year and achievement in its major areas of operation touched its pinnacle in the annals of CMPDI.

CMPDI was conferred with the status of ‘Mini Ratna’ during 2009-10 and become the sixth subsidiary company of CIL to achieve this feat. CMPDI was also adjudged the ‘Best performing Subsidiary Company of CIL’ for the year 2008-09 as per MoU rating. We have also crossed the barrier of 4 lakh meter of drilling in a year.


  • CMPDI has achieved a new record in the field of exploration. CMPDI along with various agencies under its supervision has carried out about 5.22 lakh metres of drilling during 2009-10, which is an all time high achievement, registering a growth of 58% over previous year by adopting a multi pronged strategy viz. induction of new drills/high capacity drills, replacement of old drills, opening of new camps, entering MoU with MECL and engaging Govt. and Private agencies for exploration.
  • Exploratory drilling has been carried out in 102 blocks/mines spread over 25 Coalfields in 7 States by CMPDI and its contractual agencies. Apart from it, GSI & MECL have also taken up Promotional drilling in coal sector and has taken up regional exploration of 16 blocks in 8 coalfields.
  • CMPDI drills have achieved 2.64 lakh metres of drilling as compared to 2.28 lakh metre achieved in previous year. The average productivity of CMPDI’s drills has also increased to 413 metre/drill/month as compared to 397 metre/drill/month achieved last year registering a growth of 4%.
  • One new drilling camp at Korba (in SECL area) has become operational.
  • 18 Geological Reports have been prepared by CMPDI establishing about 2.6 Billion Tonnes of coal resources to the ‘Proved category’.
  • 14 Geological Reports have been prepared under Promotional Exploration (by MECL & GSI) estimating 4.6 Billion Tonnes of new coal resources in indicated/inferred category.
  • 35 Project Reports have also been prepared with capacity addition of about 72 Mt per year.
  • 48 Environment Management Plans (EMPs) and 137 Form-I has been prepared.
  • 9 Reports prepared for setting up of various washeries on BOM (Build, Operate and Maintain) basis for coking/non-coking/NLW coal.
  • 14 nos. of R&D and S&T projects have been completed. Fund disbursed was Rs.36.92 crores.
  • CMPDI has recorded its highest turnover of Rs.457 crores in comparison to Rs.330 crores achieved during last year registering a growth of about 39%. CMPDI has also earned an estimated profit (before tax) of Rs.16.68 crores during the current financial year as compared to the profit of Rs.6.74 crores in the last year registering a growth of about 148%.
  • 28 work orders worth Rs.30.15 crores have been obtained from outside-CIL clients. 24 jobs worth Rs.6.69 crores have been successfully completed and submitted to clients viz. Reliance Coal Resource Ltd. (Sasan Power), Steel Authority of India Ltd., Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd., Tata Steel Ltd., National Aluminum Company Ltd., Manganese Ore (India) Ltd., Directorate of Naval Design (Mazagaon Dock Limited), Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd., etc.
  • CMPDI conferred with the status of a Mini Ratna: Ministry of Coal, Government of India conferred the status of Mini Ratna (Category-II) to CMPDI in accordance with the provisions of the Department of Public Enterprise’s (DPE's) guidelines vide Office Order 3 No. F.No.38038/4/1997-CA-II dated 29th May, 2009. The Department of Public Enterprise’s directions provide for grant of enhanced autonomy and delegation of powers to the profit making public sector enterprises (PSEs) as a policy objective, for making the public sector more efficient and competitive.
  • As per President's Address to Joint Session of the Parliament on 04.06.2009, the Activities identified for CMPDI, which needed to be pursued in next 100 days, were successfully completed within time.
    • Publishing guideline for Mine Closure for adoption by coal companies: The draft guidelines were submitted by CMPDI to Adviser (Projects) in June’09. The Guidelines for preparation of mine closure plan were published by the Ministry of Coal vide Circular no.55011-01-2009- CPAM dated 27th Aug.’09. The guidelines have also been put on the website of MoC.
    • Publishing guidelines for Underground Coal Gasification projects: A meeting was convened by MoC on 03.06.2005 to consider development of UCG in India and as a sequel to the discussions held, a Committee was formed under the Chairmanship of the then CMD, CMPDI. The recommendation of the Committee was submitted to Special Secretary, MoC vide letter no. CMPDI/CBM/UCG/1257 dated 08.08.2006. A brief on this issue has been submitted to MoC vide our letter dated 19.6.2009. Subsequently, the Ministry of Coal (MoC) has formulated ‘Guidelines for carrying out Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) in India’ vide Circular no.34011/26/2006-CRC dated 13th Jul.’09. The guidelines have also been put on the website of MoC.
    • Satellite imagery based reports on land restoration/reclamation posting on website (for 35 projects): Reports for all 35 OC projects (WCL: 10, NCL: 10, MCL: 6, SECL: 5, CCL: 3 & ECL: 1) have been completed and uploaded in the websites of CMPDI, CIL and respective subsidiary coal companies on 18.08.2009.
  • Identification of ‘Go’ and ‘No Go’ areas for ‘Eco-Friendly’ coal Mining’: CMPDI in collaboration with FSI (Forest Survey of India), Dehradun has prepared Maps for 9 coalfields marked with boundaries of blocks in GIS formats superimposed with forest cover maps for identifying ‘Go’ and ‘No Go’ areas for coal mining. Plans for 6 more coalfields have been finalized and are being studied.
  • MoU with Survey of India for Topographical Mapping: CMPDI has signed MoU with Survey of India on 14th July 2009 for preparation of updated topographical maps of 28 major Indian coalfields of India based on Remote Sensing technique. The Project will be jointly implemented by CMPDI & Survey of India and completed in 5 years at an estimated cost of Rs.117 crores.

    Topographical survey of 28 coalfields on 1:5000 scale with 2 m contour interval is under progress. Area of the coalfields to be surveyed for topographical survey has been finalized and Survey of India has submitted the coalfield maps to NRSA (National Remote Sensing Agency) for getting the Ministry of Defense clearance.

    Large scale digital topographical maps will be very useful for detail coal exploration, mine planning, infrastructure planning, railway siding for coal transportation, rehabilitation & resettlement and environmental management planning as well as integrated master planning of the coalfields. This is a major step taken up by CIL/CMPDI to expedite the coal exploration, mine planning, and environmental management.
  • Land reclamation monitoring of 49 nos. of opencast projects of CIL, based on the satellite data of the year 2009, completed. In addition, land reclamation monitoring of balance 12 opencast projects based on the satellite data of the year 2008 were also completed.
  • Development of Alternative source of energy/Clean Coal Development Mechanism (CDM):
    • 7273 metre of drilling has been carried out for specific data generation related to Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) (in Kasta Block) and Coal Bed Methane (CBM) (in Moher sub-basin, Singrauli Coalfield & Korba Coalfield) under funding from CIL/NCL/SECL. CBM specific analytical tests are going on to assess the potentiality of the identified area for commercial development of CBM.
    • Under CIL-ONGC Collaboration Project, sale of incidentally produced gas from Jharia CBM Block commenced from Jan’10 consequent to the approval of Govt.
    • To expedite commercial development of UCG in CIL blocks, an EoI has been floated. Five responses received. TSD formulation under progress.
    • For development of VAM (Ventilation Air Methane) in CIL mines, an Expression of Interest (EoI) has been published. Ten responses have been received and EoI opened on 19th March’10.
    • Establishment of 20 nos. of Coal Washeries: Development of Clean Coal Technology in CIL is a priority area for CMPDI. CMPDI is providing its consultancy services to augment the coal washing capacity (addition of 111 Mty in 1st phase) through setting up 19 nos. of Coal Washeries under Build-Operate-Maintain (BOM) concept with CIL funding and 1 through turnkey basis. CMPDI has prepared Model NIT Document for both Coking Coal (NLW) and Non-Coking Coal Washeries. Global tender for construction of 7 washeries have already been floated.
  • Development of a Coal Preparation Plant Simulator Software: CMPDI has entered into an Agreement with M/s Sharpe International LLC, USA for consulting services for “Development of a Coal Preparation Plant Simulator Software” (under the aegis of Indo-US Coal Working Group, Indo-US Energy Dialogue) with CIL R&D Grant during US-India 6th Coal Working Group (CWG) meeting held at Washington DC, USA on 23rd September 2009. The Agreement was signed by Mr. AK Singh, CMD, CMPDI on behalf of India & Mr. Mark A Sharpe, President, Sharpe International LLC on behalf of USA.
  • Exploration Capacity Expansion: CMPDI has increased the capacity of exploration, both through departmental resources and through outsourcing. Modernization of equipments and further expansion is under progress.
    • Increase in departmental drills deployment from 47 to 55 has been achieved.
    • 3 mechanical and 2 hydrostatic coring drills have been inducted. Tenders for procurement of 9 mechanical drills have also been floated and are under process of technical evaluation. Induction of 16 hydrostatic coring drills (subject to successful performance test by 2 supplied drills) and 2 non-coring drills is also under process.
    • For further expansion of capacity, a Global Tender has been floated inviting bids for exploration of 7 additional blocks, involving 4.37 lakh metre of exploratory drilling. Processing of bid document of eight Private participants has been taken up.
    • Capacity expansion of CMPDI & CIMFR labs has been taken up and is under various stages of implementation.
    • One 2-D Seismograph has been acquired to expedite exploration processes. Process for induction of 3-D Seismograph is under progress.
  • CMD, CMPDI attended 10th meeting of Methane to Markets (M2M) Coal Sub-committee, as a Co-Chair, which was co-located with the meeting of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Ad Hoc Group of Experts on CMM (Coal Mine Methane) from 12-13th October, 2009 at Geneva, Switzerland wherein he was invited as stakeholder of the advisory group. A country status paper on India was presented by the CMD, CMPDI in the meeting highlighting the developments in the field of CBM/CMM in the country.
  • Working Models of CBM drilling/extraction and utilization technology’, developed by CMPDI, was displayed in the Coal India’s pavilion in 3rd Asian Mining Congress Exhibition (22 to 25th Jan.’10) at Kolkata . This working model was well appreciated by Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal, Hon’ble Minister of State for Coal (Independent Charge), Shri Partha S. Bhattacharyya, Chairman, CIL and other dignitaries who visited the pavilion for its informative displays. Based on the overwhelming appreciation from the visitors, Coal India’s Pavilion was awarded the first prize under ‘Design & Concept’ category and ‘Visitor’s Choice Award.
  • The 2nd Methane to Market (M2M) Expo ’2010 was held at New Delhi during 2nd – 5th March, 2010 at Hotel Taj Palace. The Expo was sponsored by Ministry of Coal (MoC), Ministry of Environment & Forest (MoE&F), Ministry of Power and Ministry of renewable Energy which was organized under aegis of USEPA.

    More than 500 delegates from 30 countries participated in the Expo and associated technical sessions on Coal, Gas, Agriculture & Landfills. 30 7 Exhibit pavilions from different countries were put up in the Expo. Coal India Limited (CIL) had sponsored a platinum pavilion in which two working models of Coalbed methane recovery & utilization’, developed by CMPDI, were displayed. The CIL pavilion received overwhelming response from visitors, mainly foreign delegates. The commercial opportunities in CMM, VAM & UCG were also displayed in CIL/CMPDI pavilion.
  • CIL has won two virgin coal blocks covering around 224 square kilometers in Mozambique through competitive bidding with the active role of CMPDI. Two (2) Geologists from CMPDI have already been deputed for carrying out preliminary investigations and drawing plans for ‘Exploration work’.
  • CMPDI has successfully executed a critical assignment of setting up the central line alignment in the naval ships with Gyromat 3000 in the Mazgaon Dock of Indian Navy by CMPDI on ‘no profit no loss basis’.
  • Under CMPDI’s Management System Consultancy, six opencast projects of CCL namely, Ashok, Rohini, Khasmahal, Topa, Parej East and Birsa have achieved ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certification which was recommended by audit team of QMS Certification Services, Australia at the end of their integrated audit on 6th November 2009.
  • Interconnection of all Regional Institutes (RIs) with HQ, Ranchi established through MPLS system.
  • Training on MINEX, AutoCAD 2010, Arc-GIS, Galena Software for Slope Stability, Differential Global Positioning System, Advances in Mine Surveying Technology, Clean Development Mechanism & Carbon Trading, Rock Mechanics & Ground Control, Geological Mapping, etc. was imparted to the employees of CMPDI. Participation in various training programmes, conferences, seminars, etc. was 1157 nos. within the country and 27 nos. outside the country.

    Technology Awareness Programme for all the Management Trainee (Geology/CP/System) was arranged.
  • 118 nos. of workmen and 103 nos. of executives were inducted during the year to cater to the increased workload of exploration and other activities.
  • A Workshop on ‘Effective utilisation of low and high rank Indian Coking Coal’ was organised on 21st Nov.’09 with an objective to increase availability of coking coal for metallurgical purpose and thereby saving on foreign exchange outflow.
  • Govt. is putting emphasis on carrying out more CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities by the Public Sector Undertakings and this is now being included in MoU being signed by the PSUs with the Govt. As per the MoU of 2009-10, CSR policy of CMPDI has been prepared and submitted to CIL. Birsa High School, Hathiagonda having about 1000 tribal children on roll was given the assistance viz. repairing of school premises & rooms, equipment for laboratory, computers, books, etc. Periodical medical camps were organized for the students. In addition, following activities were carried out:
    • Distribution of old cloths in good condition collected from the employees of CMPDI and blankets (200 nos.) among the villagers of Patragonda and Hathiagonda.
    • Blankets, nets, pillow covers, powder milk, cloths, rexin, shoes, school dress materials, socks, bed-sheets, shawls & cardigans were provided to Charitable Organisations viz. Cheshire Home, Nirmal Hriday & Braj Kishore Netrahin Vidyalaya, Bariatu.
  • CMPDI successfully hosted the 24th Coal India Inter Company Lawn Tennis Tournament from 16th to 20th February, 2010. Sixty players from eight teams from various subsidiaries of CIL and SCCL participated in this tournament.