The country’s production of Coal Bed Methane (CBM) has grown more than 44 per cent last financial year, to around 565 million standard cubic metres (MMSCM) as compared to 393 MMSCM in 2015-2016. This will help curb India’s dependence on imports for energy supply.
India has the world’s fourth-largest coal reserves. The government has identified 26,000 square km of area for CBM operations, with total estimated resources of around 2,600 billion cubic metres. Coal India Ltd (CIL) also plans to initiate a pilot study to extract CBM.