Patra, A.K. and Ray , S.K. and Ghosh, A.K. (2007) Reserve Estimation of Proposed Opencast Mine of Ramnagore Colliery. Stag Bulletin , 8 (2). pp. 18-26.

Download (2239Kb) | Preview


As jhama and burnt coal are saleable items with sizeable demand in different small and medium scale industries, the management of Ramnagore Colliery of Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) has decided to mine jhama, burnt coal, coal and the strata of jhama intruded by mica peridotite from Salanpur D-2, Salanpur D-1 and Salanpur C seams in a block near north-eastern boundary of the colliery, covering a total area of around 22.01 hectare. The proposed mine is located in Ramnagore part of Indikatta-Ramnagore Block on the eastern bank of the Barakar River in Raniganj Coalfield. This paper describes the methodology of reserve estimation along with estimation of pit life, waste and stripping ratio. Geological report by Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Ltd. (CMPDI) in 1995 forms the basis of the geological information of the area. The report indicates that due to pyrolysis, the seams have been transformed into a combination of layers of jhama, burnt coal, coal and the layers of jhama intruded by mica peridotite. Of the 15 boreholes in and around the proposed opencast mining site, lithologs of only 13 boreholes are available with the mine management and only 8 boreholes fall inside the proposed mining area. The classification of seams in the lithology of the boreholes is neither very clear, nor very convincing. The results indicate that it would be much more economic to mine the site en bloc than to mine Western and Eastern blocks separately leaving a 90 m wide barrier in between them to protect the existing high voltage electric supply line. In isolation, the West Block, which covers nearly two-third of the whole site, will run for two-and-half years, producing a little more than 40% of the total mineable reserve of the whole site and generating 63% of the total waste likely to be generated had the whole site been mined as one. Overall stripping ratio of the Western Block will be 8.36 M3/t, i.e. nearly one and half times of the stripping ratio of 5.47 M3/t, expected for the mining of the whole site in one go. The Eastern block that covers only about 15% of the whole site will result in production for only two months. The production will comprise not even 3% of the total mineable reserve in the whole site, that too with a high oveall stripping ratio of 12.82 M3/t. On the other hand, if the whole site is mined en bloc, the mine is likely to run for six years yielding more than 0.7 million tonne of minerals (coal, burnt coal and jhama together) with a stripping ratio of 5.47 M3/t approximately.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coal, Reserve Estimation, Opencast Mining
Subjects: Mines Systems Engineering
Depositing User: Dr. Satyendra Kumar Singh
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2011 05:37
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2011 05:37

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item