Geological mapping of Phulbari starts soon Shahnaj Begum Published :Tuesday, 9 February, 2016, Time : 12:00 AM View Count : 29 The government is set to conduct "Surface and near surface geological mapping' in Phulbari Coal Mine area. The objective of the study is to assess the condition for improvement of the geological mapping and interpretation of terrace deposits and other geological features. "This survey will help us in identifying and positioning geological features at a greater resolution; however, we will do the job through traditional geological mapping and borehole observation, Director General of Geological Survey of Bangladesh (GSB) Dr Nehal Uddin told the Daily Observer. Phulbari project was stalled in the planning phase when emergency rule was imposed in Bangladesh in January 2007, after widespread protests against the mine. However, following national elections in December 2008, a new administration began reconsidering the mine. The Phulbari coal project is a proposed open pit coal mine in northwest Bangladesh and includes the construction of at least one 500-MW power plant. At full production about eight million tonnes of coal will be extracted from this mine. According to sources in the Energy Ministry, the GCM (the successor of Asia Energy) applied to the Bureau of Mineral Department (BMD) to allow it to explore Block-G of Phulbari Coal Field (according to the licence it gets block-B) and BMD received licence renewal fees from the company. The Energy Ministry sources said that it sanctioned TK 10 Lakh for the survey, "we may go for further surveys there," a senior official of the Energy Ministry said. However, the GCM it is now running two offices, one at Phulbari and the other in the capital. GCM had 'two exploration licences and a mining lease covering the Phulbari coal deposit,' an official said. According to the BMD, the company maintains a bank account as per the conventional rules of Bangladesh and also comply with the requirements set by the Board of Investment, Bangladesh Bank and the National Board of Revenue. According to the Energy Ministry sources, as per plan the Phulbari coal mine will be an open pit one so government wants to know the soil structure of the mining area.
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