Indian state group Coal India (CIL) in the first week of June launched a new phase of prospecting at its two coal blocks in Mozambique, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported.
At an inter-ministry meeting, a group official said that test drilling had begun at the two blocks in the first week of June, after selecting the company to carry out over 30,000 metres of test drilling.
The official told the members of the inter-ministry panel, which is charged with analysing the performance of state companies, such as CIL, that the first phase f prospecting finished in May along with the geological survey of the two blocks.
The group’s subsidiary, Coal India Africana Limitada, in 2009 received a mining license for the two blocks which cover an area of over 200 square kilometres. (macauhub)