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India has a coal reserve of 307 Billion Metric Tons and 80 % of the coal produced goes to produce thermal electricity. However, there is still enough coal which is unfit for thermal power plants and uneconomical for its transportation.

India, energy

With crude oil price touching its eight years high at USD 108 a barrel, India is planning to use its unutilized coal reserves to ensure energy security by coal gasification and its conversion into precious chemicals mainly ethanol, blue hydrogen, and synthetic diesel.

“This year alone four projects of coal gasification and conversion of coal into chemicals are going to be set up by the Coal India Ltd (CIL) on BOO (Build Own and Operate) basis,” said a senior officer of the Coal Ministry here on Wednesday..

The Ministry has invited experts from the Industry, Academia, Research Organizations, and Engineering consultations along with policy makers on Wednesday to discuss effective implementation of the Coal Gasification Mission, he said.