HYDERABAD: Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) has won the Golden Peacock Innovative Product, Service Award for 2015 for “Processed Overburden utilisation as stowing and construction material.”
The award will be presented by Sheik Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, minister of culture, youth and social development, UAE, at the Golden Peacock Night Function to be held in Dubai on April 20, according to a press release here on Saturday.
An innovative initiative by the company, it helps to process the waste soil material (which is generated during extracting the coal from opencast mines) and generate a material which is similar to the sand. The new material can be used for ‘stowing and construction’, the company said. The SCCL has started the overburden processing plant at Bhupalpally in 2010.
The SCCL said, the new material has already replaced the river sand for stowing in underground mines. The recovery of the processed overburden at Bhupalapally plant is now around 60 percent. So far the plant has processes the overburden of 3.5 lakh cubic metre. The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad has tested the processed material and certified that further processing will yield the material which can be used to build heavy constructions as well.
With the success of Bhupalapally plant, the SCCL is now planning to set up six more such plants with the total capacity of 21 lakh cubic metre per year, the company said.
SCCL has earlier won the Golden Peacock Environment Management award (GPEMA) for its achievements in the field of environment management in the year 2004.