(EnergyAsia, March 28 2011, Monday) — Three Indian firms, Essar Group, GVK and Lanco Infratech, are interested to acquire Australian energy and resources company Hancock Coal’s two flagship mines.

The mines, Alpha Coal Project and Kevin’s Corner, are located in the key Galilee basin with the capacity to produce up to 30 million tonnes of coal per year for over 30 years.

Alpha and Kevin’s Corner, located near a mine that Adani Enterprises acquired last year from Linc Energy, have the capacity to produce 7.9 billion tonnes of thermal coal. Work to develop Kevin’s Corner is expected to begin later this year.