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Government of Rajasthan (GoR) and Raj WestPower Limited (RWPL, a subsidiary company of JSW Energy Limited), has entered into an Implementation Agreement (IA) dated May 29, 2006 for implementation, operation and maintenance of lignite mining cum thermal power plants with associated facilities for 1080 MW (8x135 MW) based on lignite as fuel from the Jalipa & Kapurdi Lignite Mines located at Dist. Barmer in Rajasthan.

As per IA, the Mining Operations and Power Plant Operations had to be with two distinct entities and hence RWPL and Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Ltd. (RSMML, a Rajasthan Government Enterprise) have entered into a JV Agreement to form a mining entity on 27th December, 2006. Accordingly, the Mining Entity was formed in the name of Barmer Lignite Mining Company Limited (BLMCL) on 19th January, 2007.

BLMCL is a joint venture between RSMML and RWPL with share holding of 51% and 49% respectively. The company was incorporated for the specific purpose to develop, operate and extract lignite from Kapurdi and Jalipa lignite mining blocks in Barmer district of Rajasthan. BLMCL has entered into an exclusive and irrevocable Fuel Supply Agreement (FSA) with RWPL to supply lignite to its Power Project for a period of 30 years.

The total gross geological reserves for Kapurdi and Jalipa mining blocks are estimated by Mineral Exploration Corporation of India (MECL), a Government of India enterprise at around 466 Million Tonnes. The lignite mines at Kapurdi and Jalipa are located within a radius of 4.5 kms from the Power Project . Kapurdi and Jalipa Lignite Mining blocks are situated within 20 kms north of Barmer Town on NH-15. The mining reserves of the Kapurdi and Jalipa are expected to meet the requirement of Power Project for more than 30 years of operation.

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