Capacity Building and governance reforms for Government department are one of the highest priorities of the Chief Minister Punjab, in order to implement growth strategy and for achieving targets in the Province. The Directorate General of Mines & Minerals, Punjab has been lacking capacity for effective supervision of mining operation. In order to enhance mineral production of coal especially for power generation, Capacity Building of the Directorate is inevitable.
The overall objective of the project is to bring transparency, efficiency, better control and prompt decision making in the Minerals Sector through digitization with help of Surpac and GIS Software. GEOVIA Surpac™ is the world’s most popular geology and mine planning software, supporting open pit and underground operations and exploration projects in more than 120 countries. The software delivers efficiency and accuracy through ease-of-use, powerful 3D graphics and workflow automation that can be aligned to company-specific processes and data flows. Surpac addresses all the requirements of geologists, surveyors, and mining engineers in the resource sector and is flexible enough to be suitable for every commodity, orebody and mining method. Its multilingual capabilities allow global companies to support a common solution across their operations.
Geographic Information System (GIS) which will lead to digitally developed geo-database, augmented with other useful techno-economical information on mineral resources of Punjab in an authenticated business oriented way which can be discriminated effectively and readily to the potential end users like Mines & Minerals department, foreign investors, general public and researchers.
Directorate General Mines and Minerals has engaged German consultant (SST-Fugro) consortium with DES for third party validation of the coal mining survey data collected by the Department. The main objective of the study is to gauge the coal bearing potential of the salt range in order to assess the possibility of sustainable supply of coal to the coal fired power plants.
The study will cover the following goals: -
- Detailed assessment, analysis and verification/review of the current coal mines data collected by the department regarding existing production level, coal seam thickness, coordinates etc.
- Identification of all the coal mines with an average coal production of 10 tons per day(prevailing) having GCV 3200 kcal/kg and above, and their related road distance from proposed coal based power plant site(s);
- Identification of coal mines with daily production less than 10 tons and having GCV 3200 kcal/kg and above.
- Identification of coal mines having GCV less than 3200 kcal/kg.
- Estimation of mined out resource along with area and total available coal resource & coaly shale/ high carbonaceous shale of each operative mining lease area to gauge the possibility of sustainable supply of coal to proposed power plant(s) for at least 30 years