Union Minister of Coal and Mines Shri Pralhad Joshi on Monday said India aims for 100 million tonnes (MT) coal gasification by 2030 with investments worth over Rs. 04 lakh crores. Shri Joshi was addressing a Webinar in New Delhi on Coal Gasification and Liquefaction organised by Ministry of Coal (MoC) for discussing the road map for achieving this target.
“Coal Gasification and Liquefaction is no more an aspiration, but a requirement. For encouraging use of clean sources of fuel, government has provided for a concession of 20% on revenue share of coal used for gasification. This will boost production of synthetic natural gas, energy fuel, urea for fertilisers and production of other chemicals.” Shri Joshi Said in the webinar.
Reiterating on government’s commitments for green initiatives in the coal sector, Shri Joshi 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. A Steering Committee has been constituted in this regard under the chairmanship of Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog comprising of members from the Ministry of Coal. CIL has also planned to set up at least 3 gasification plants (besides Dankuni) on BOO basis through global tendering and has signed an MOU with GAIL for marketing synthetic natural gas.
Shri Joshi 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. This will help us harness nation’s reserves for maximum utilisation while heading on the path to sustainability, as per global standards.
Member NITI Aayog, Dr. V K Saraswat; Secretary (Coal), Government of India, Shri Anil Kumar Jain; DT, CIL, Shri Binay Dayal; Director, CIMFR, Dr. P K Singh; GM, PDIL, Shri Ashutosh Prasad; Chairman, JSPL, Shri Naveen Jindal; CEO, Mundra Synergy, Shri Rajesh Jha; MD, JSPL, Dr. V R Sharma; Partner, True North Ventures, Dr. Dev Gacaskar; Group VP, Air Products, Mr. Bob Carter; Tech. Manager, Air Products, Mr . Robert Van Den Berg and MoC-Coordinator, Shri Peeyush Kumar also addressed the Webinar. The session was attended by around 700 delegates from Govt. of India, CIL and the Coal sector.