Bateman Engineering (India), wholly-owned subsidiary of Bateman Engineering has won a contract worth $2 million from Kolkata-based Thiess India. Bangalore-based Bateman will be providing EPM services for the proposed 15 Mt/y Coal Handling Plant (CHP) at the Pakri Barwadih coal project in Jharkand, which has been awarded to Thiess India by the NTPC. Thiess India will execute the project through its Indian joint venture, Thiess Minecs. Pakri Barwadih will be the first of the six mines the NTPC intends to develop. The contract involves construction of site infrastructure and coal processing plants during the first two years, followed by overburden removal, coal mining and operation of processing and rail loading facilities over the entire life of mine.Announcing the tie-up with Thiess India, Thys Greeff, Managing Director, Bateman India, said, “Bateman India’s scope of services, includes providing consultancy services for engineering and contract/procurement services for installation of primary crushing unit, coal stockpile area, which consists of secondary and tertiary crushing unit and conveying system connecting primary crushing unit and stockpile area.”He added that Bateman India will access the long established expertise and technological resources of the worldwide Bateman Engineering Group, in combination with cost effective services, equipment and material supplied from Bateman’s Asian location.R. Srikanth, Chief Executive, Thiess India, said, “Thiess Minecs selected Bateman India to provide Engineering and Project Management Services for the Pakri Barwadih CHP due to Bateman India’s proven capability in engineering of material handling systems, best-in-class project management services, and finally, the sharp customer focus that the Bateman India team bring to bear on any project.”India’s largest power company, NTPC was set up in 1975 to accelerate power development in India. Apart from power generation, NTPC has already ventured into consultancy, power trading, ash utilisation and coal mining. The total installed capacity of the company is 34,854 MW (including JVs) with 15 coal based and seven gas based stations, located across the country. In addition under JVs, five stations are coal based & another station uses naptha/LNG as fuel. The company has set a target to have an installed power generating capacity of 1,28,000 MW by the year 2032.