Business Bureau :
UNION Minister of Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi recently said, “India aims for 100 million tonnes (MT) coal gasification by 2030 with investments worth over Rs 4 lakh crore.” 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 per cent 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,” Joshi said in the webinar. Reiterating on Government’s commitments for green initiatives in the coal sector, 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.