India: The first of India's coal mines were auctioned on 14 February 2015. Reliance Cement won one mine for US$128m. Reliance Cement beat Hindustan Zinc and OCL Iron and Steel. The mine has 29.4Mt of total reserves and 5.69Mt of extractable reserves. The block had previously been allotted to Prism Cement earlier. Bidding for the first lot of mines will continue until 22 February 2015. Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal said that the money that the government will get from the auctions will be utilised for the development of the states.
Reliance Cement wins mine in coal block auction
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