Mukesh Ambanis Reliance Industries, which bid for six blocks has drawn a blank. The DGH has sent the list of successful bidders to the petroleum ministry for vetting. The GAIL-Tata Power and Coalgas-Deep Industries consortia have bagged three and two CBM blocks, respectively.British Petroleum made its debut in the E&P business by winning a block in West Bengal.
Coal-bed methane is a source of natural gas. The 10 blocks, spread over six states, are estimated to have reserves of 586 billion cubic metres of gas, enough to fuel 8,000-10,000 mw of power generation.