Currently, the Company operates 78 coal mines which include 41 underground, 16 opencast & 21 mixed mines. The Company also runs 7 coking coal washeries, 3 non-coking coal washeries, one Captive Power Plant (2x10 MW), and 5 bye-product coke plants. The mines are grouped into 13 areas for administrative convenience.
BCCL is the major producer of prime coking coal (raw and washed). Medium coking coal is also produced in its mines in Mohuda and Barakar areas. In addition to production of hard coke, BCCL operates a number of sand gathering plants, a network of aerial ropeways for transport of sand and nine coal washeries, namely, Dugda, Mohuda, Bhojudih, Patherdih, Lodna, Sudamdih, Barora, Moonidih and Madhubhan.
2)Taking over the Dhanbad-Patherdih Railway line on fire, dismantling railway line to commence coal production by digging out the fire with hired HEMM was another major initiative in this direction.
3)A revival plan was formulated in February 2004 with an objective to reverse the trend and implement on a fast track, activities required to arrest and reverse trend of fall in coal production on one hand and focus on value addition on the other. 4)Besides the above a few other initiatives have been taken to improve work culture by introducing faster decision making, streamlining back up services such as procurement of materials in time to minimize stock out of production holding and safety items, end to “dead body politics”, introduction of 100% payment to workers through banks etc.
2)Washed Coking coal production is growing by around 25% in 05-06 after declining persistently since 1998-99 to 2003-04.
3)Reversing the trend of persistent losses till 03-04, washeries have earned profit of Rs.207.55 crores during April to Dec 05 as against profit of Rs. 63.81 Crores in the same period in 04-05 and losses earlier to that.
A fast track plan to develop the virgin 15th seam at Moonidih for a 2 mtpa coking coal mine by introducing State of the Art high capacity PSLW has been initiated.
For opening up a large opencast mine, steps have been initiated for development of Kalyaneswari Project on fast track to produce 2 mtpa medium coking coal plus 3mtpa non coking coal.
Action has been initiated for amalgamating North & South Tisra to develop a 5 mtpa OC mine.
To handle the augmented raw coking coal production, a detailed plan of action for modernization of coking coal washeries, approved by the Board, has been taken up for implementation.
Decline in production from underground mines is a grey area, which remains a major cause of concern. A plan for amalgamation of small mines into a few large mechanized underground mines is being contemplated and is in planning stage.