New Delhi: For setting up four large-scale coal-to-chemical projects through surface coal gasification route, Coal India Limited (CIL) signed three separate Memorandums of Understanding (MoU), one each, with three major PSUs of the country Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and GAIL (India) Limited in the presence of Union Minister of Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi on Wednesday. In addition, NLC India Limited (NLCIL) signed a separate MoU with BHEL.
Speaking on the occasion, Joshi said that in the next few months, India is likely to become Aatmanirbhar in thermal coal production. Forty Million Tonnes (MT) of coal stock will be available with thermal power plants by March next year and as on October 1, the stock with thermal plants is at 24 MT. The minister was addressing a function organised by Coal India Ltd, Ministry of Coal to sign MoUs with five leading PSUs for coal gasification projects.
In her Union Budget 2022-23 speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced that “four pilot projects for coal gasification and conversion of coal into chemicals required for the industry will be set up for technical and financial viability.” In its National Goal Gasification Mission document, the Central government has laid out the goal of achieving 100 MT of coal gasification by 2030. India has huge reserves of coal. And coal gasification could be a relatively cleaner way of using these reserves as the world, including India, gradually transitions away from coal toward cleaner fuels in the wake of climate change.
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