On the other hand, the coal deposit in Jamalganj is by far the biggest one discovered in the country. Jamalganj has more than one billion tones of coal. Unfortunately, the deposit rests between 600 and 1,100 metres below the surface, making it inaccessible using conventional mining methods.
But the UCG option makes coal in Jamalganj or Barapukuria accessible on a long term basis, said Raj Puri, chief executive officer of Michell Group's Energy Division. He was accompanied by the company's senior geologist and hydrologist Garry Love and two other executives