India Targets 100 MT Coal Gasification with Rs 4 Lakh Cr Investments by 2030: Pralhad Joshi

Joshi reiterated the government’s commitments for green initiatives in the coal sector, and said that coal gasification and liquefaction are well in the government’s agenda and various actions have been taken for development of surface coal gasification in India.

September 01, 2020. By Manu Tayal

India has targeted for 100 million tonnes (MT) of coal gasification by 2030 with investments worth over Rs 4 lakh crore, said Pralhad Joshi, Union Minister of Coal and Mines. 

While addressing a webinar on coal gasification and liquefaction, the Minister said that coal gasification and liquefaction is no more an aspiration, but a requirement.

Joshi added that for encouraging use of clean sources of fuel, government has provided for a concession of 20 per cent on revenue share of coal used for gasification.

He emphasized that this will boost production of synthetic natural gas, energy fuel, urea for fertilisers and production of other chemicals.

Joshi reiterated the government’s commitments for green initiatives in the coal sector, and said that coal gasification and liquefaction are well in the government’s agenda and various actions have been taken for development of surface coal gasification in India.

In this regard, a steering committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog comprising of members from the Ministry of Coal.

Coal India Ltd (CIL) has also planned to set up at least 3 gasification plants (besides Dankuni) on Build Own Operate (BOO) basis through global tendering and has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with GAIL for marketing synthetic natural gas.

The Minister further urged the attendees of the session to explore more about technologies & other aspects in coal gasification sector, in line with our country’s SWOT analysis.

Joshi said that this will help in harnessing nation’s reserves for maximum utilisation while heading on the path to sustainability, as per global standards.

Meanwhile, the webinar was organised by Ministry of Coal (MoC) in New Delhi for discussing the road map for achieving the target, and was attended by around 700 delegates from Government of India, CIL and the coal industry.

The webinar was also addressed by Dr. V K Saraswat, Member NITI Aayog and Anil Kumar Jain, Secretary, Coal. Besides, Binay Dayal, DT, CIL; Dr. P K Singh, Director, CIMFR; Ashutosh Prasad, GM, PDIL; Naveen Jindal, Chairman, JSPL; Rajesh Jha, CEO, Mundra Synergy; Dr. V R Sharma, MD, JSPL; Dr. Dev Gavaskar, Partner, True North Ventures; Bob Carter, Group VP, Air Products also shared their views and valuable information.

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