New Delhi: The Ministry of Coal will be organising National Mineral Congress and field visit to the coal gasification plant of JSPL at Angul, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, on May 27 and 28, said the ministry in a statement on Wednesday. Coal Secretary Dr Anil Kumar Jain, who is also the chairman of Indian National Committee of World Mining Congress (INC WMC), will be inaugurating the Congress. Industry experts in the field of Coal Gasification such as Naveen Jindal Chairman JSPL, Directors of CIL, NLCIL will also be part of panel discussions besides representatives of BHEL, EIL, CIMFR, Air Products. The Congress will be attended by experts from more than 20 companies such as CIL and its subsidiaries, BHEL, SCCL, NLCIL, Hindalco, Vedanta, HCL, NALCO, Tata Steel, JSPL, EPIROC, GAINWELL, EIL, STM Constructions, Synata Bio, Air Products and many other companies.
The visit to the coal gasification plant at Angul will take place on May 28 and is expected to provide an opportunity to professionals engaged in the setting up of coal gasification plants in India to gain first-hand knowledge about the functioning of the gasification plant.
The major sub-themes of the Congress are as follows:-
Technology adoption and Coal Gasification is a focus area of the Central Government and to take ahead the vision, the Ministry of Coal has also launched documents related to Mission for 100 Million Ton (MT) Coal Gasification by 2030, Roadmap of Coal to Hydrogen and Technology Roadmap during the last six months after a detailed stakeholder consultation.
The National Mineral Congress is being organized by INC WMC with an aim to serve as a common platform to interact, thoughtfully deliberate /discuss and decide effective ways and means for addressing this all-important issue by having brainstorming sessions that are suitably structured.
Indian National Committee of World Mining Congress (INC WMC) is affiliated to the World Mining Congress, an organisation affiliated to the United Nations. The objective of the organisation is to promote and foster the development of the mining and mineral sector with an emphasis on the Indian mining sector. On approval by the Cabinet, the organisation was registered under Societies Registration Act in 2016 with the Minister of Coal as Patron, Secretary Coal as Chairman with Secretaries of Power, Steel and Mines as co-chairman. Apart from various academic institutions, professional bodies and companies engaged in mining were made members of the society with Coal India Chairman Pramod Agrawal as Member Secretary.
Post-Covid, the activities were revised in 2021 and since then this is the first major physical event planned by the society.