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India to offer free pricing, revenue sharing model to open up commercial coal mining

29th March 2017 Returning to commercial coal mining for the first time since 1973, India will offer free pricing and revenue sharing contracts to investors securing coal blocks through the reverse auction route. In a working paper outlining the plans for the launch of commercial mining, the Coal Ministry... 

India to announce iron-ore pricing mechanism next month

28th March 2017 A committee appointed by the Indian government will submit its report of recommendations on a domestic pricing mechanism for iron-ore next month, raising the specter that the free pricing regime for natural resources might be coming to an end, or could face limitations. A Steel Ministry official... 

India's oil, gas companies seek minimum floor price for natural gas

24th March 2017 Oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) companies in India are seeking to have the natural gas pricing regime revised to allow for the setting of a minimum rate, as a sustained fall in prices is fast eroding the economic viability of operations. The E&P companies, in a communication with the... 

India, Iran gas deal not expected before third quarter

22nd March 2017 Any definitive agreement between India and Iran on the development of the Farzad B offshore gasfields, in the Persian Gulf, seems unlikely before the third quarter of this year. Despite India’s ONGC Videsh having submitted a curtailed $3-billion development plan to the Iranian national oil... 

India boosts drive for greater CBM extraction

20th March 2017 Tweaking the rules of the current administrative regime, India’s Coal Ministry has permitted Coal India Limited (CIL) and its wholly-owned subsidiaries to extract coal bed methane (CBM) under existing coal block mining leases. The liberalisation of the rules would permit CIL to fast-track its... 

Indian DRI plants face iron-ore shortage

15th March 2017 Indian sponge iron, or direct reduced iron (DRI), manufacturers are facing an acute shortage of iron-ore despite the government liberalising norms for the allocation of iron-ore blocks and with the country poised to achieve a five-year high in the production of the raw material. The shortage of... 

Proposed curb on free pricing of iron-ore may trigger face-off with India's miners

10th March 2017 The Indian government has started working on measures to curb free pricing in the iron-ore sector, triggering fears of another face-off with miners. The government, as per statements emanating from the Steel and Mines Ministries, has taken a policy stance that iron-ore should be made available to... 

Mines Ministry warns of looming India iron-ore supply crisis

7th March 2017 India’s Mines Ministry has warned iron-ore bearing provinces of a looming "crisis" by 2020, if they do not focus on the "efficient handling of mining leases" in their respective geographies. In an advisory to key provinces rich in iron-ore resources like Odisha, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh, the... 

India's coal oversupply to persist, despite recent drawdown in power plant stocks

28th February 2017 Thermal power plants across India have achieved significant drawdown on existing coal stocks this month, but this is not expected to be a sustained emerging trend. According to government data, total coal stocks carried by all thermal power plants in the country were pegged at 24-million tonnes... 

Pricing holds key to launch of private coal mining in India

27th February 2017 The extent of pricing freedom for private commercial coal miners is likely to be revealed by India’s Coal Ministry next month. According to a government official, the Ministry will, at the end of March, publish the framework for opening the coal mining sector up to private miners for the first... 

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