Growth Plans

Growth Plans

Underground Gasification of Lignite (UCG)

Corporate level Research & Development (R & D) activities and to help the State and Nation at large with alternative sources of Hydrocarbon, GIPCL is embarking on the Pilot Project activities of Underground Gasification to be carried out adjacent to its existing Vastan Lignite Mine.

In the above Underground Lignite Gasification process, the deep seated un-minable lignite situated at the depth of around 1000 feet shall be partially burnt to produce what is popularly called Syn-Gas at that depth itself and it could yield huge quantity of low calorific value Synthetic gas (mixture of H2 and CO) and can replace/ supplement the present needs of our energy / hydrocarbon needs for which we have to import high quantity of crude oil and natural gas.

For this project, the MOU with ONGC has been signed.

Bioconversion of Lignite

As part of R & D activities for alternative sources and uses of Hydrocarbons, GIPCL in association with ONGC Energy Centre Trust, has commenced an R & D experiment on Bioconversion of lignite with the objective of exploiting part of the lignite reserves of Vastan Lignite Mine, which could not be mined by conventional opencast mining. The bioconversion of lignite/ low grade coal into methane and humic acid offers a better alternative. The R & D experiments in field conditions are conducted in order to develop a biotechnological process for bioconversion of lignite to methane and humic acid.

Coal/ lignite bioconversion have the potentials to result in cost effective production of liquid fuel and non-fuel utilities from the available fossil reserves. Development of this nascent technology may also find applications in other coal beneficiation processes for production of novel value added products.

There are microbes which specifically biodepolymerize/biosolubilize lignite to humic acid. Humic acid is a value added product and works as plant growth enhancer. It also improves the absorption of the other fertilizers and more importantly the retention of water. The effect of humic acid on arresting and reversing degradation of top soil is cumulative and long-lasting.

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