Project marks CIL's foray into power sector, will take proposal to board in few months

Coal India, the world's largest coal producer, plans to take a proposal to set up Rs 9,000 crore power plant in Odisha to its board for approval in the next couple of months. The 2x800 megawatt (MW) plant at the mouth of a coal field in the Mahanadi basin will mark the coal producer's foray into the power sector.

To focus on increasing gas and oil production

U.K.’s BP plc and Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) are going to focus on increasing oil and gas production from their assets in future despite having surrendered nine out of the 21 blocks due to poor prospects. BP, which had bought 30 per cent stake in RIL for $7.2 billion, is a partner in 21 blocks despite having bought stake in 23 blocks as the Cabinet had only approved its partnership in 21 blocks in the KG-D6 basin.

In its bid to increase mangrove cover along the Odisha coast, the State Government has decided to take up plantation over 1,000 hectares in four districts.

BHUBANESWAR: In view of the increasing requirement of water by the farmers and the inadequacy of the canal systems to meet the demand, the State Government is contemplating to introduce mega lift irrigation projects on an experimental basis.

The steering committee of the Mahanadi Basin Development Plan which met here today discussed the issue and identified five mega lift irrigation projects.

BHUBANESWAR: While Opposition parties are crying foul over largescale diversion of water for industries, the current industrial demand for water in the State is only 4.2 per cent of the annual average flow.

Devi estuary is one of the major tributaries of the Mahanadi riverine system in Orissa. Modernization and industrialization in its neighbourhood in the north in the recent past have greatly influenced many tributaries of the Mahanadi and the adjacent coastal environments.

A coupled 1D-2D hydrodynamic model, MIKE FLOOD was used to simulate the flood inundation extent and flooding depth in the delta region of Mahanadi River basin in India. Initially, the 1D model MIKE 11 was calibrated using river water level and discharge data of various gauging sites for the monsoon period (June to October) of the year 2002.

ONGC's proposal to assign a 25% participating interest in its Mahanadi basin deep water block, MN-DWN2002/2,to BG Exploration and Production India Ltd (BGEPIL) has been recommended for approval of the petroleum ministry by the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons(DGH).

DINESH KUMAR PANDE, Director (Exploration), ONGC, is a many-sided man. A petroleum geologist by profession, he joined the ONGC in 1976.

THE Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), India's premier energy company, ranks first among the oil exploration and production (E&P) companies in Asia.