Keen to expand its footprint across the border, Coal India (CIL) has initiated talks with Barapukuria Coal Mining Company (BCMC), Bangladesh’s sole coal producer, to help it explore coal mines as well as set up new projects.
BCMC is a subsidiary of the Bangladesh government-owned Petrobangla, with extremely limited mining capability. “We have visited Bangladesh and spoken to this company’s as well as Petrobangla’s top executives. We have asked them to revert with some geological data,” a senior Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI) executive said. CMPDI is the technical subsidiary of CIL responsible for this project.
However, the official said that CIL was not interested in participating in a tender to bag an exploration contract and would be interested only if BCMC signs up with Coal India on a nomination basis. Read more
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