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Task force to study feasibility of making methanol from coal

Coal News - Published on Wed, 10 Jan 2018

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Economic Tmes reported that government has constituted a task force to study the feasibility of producing methanol from coal, and using coal gas as a replacement of natural gas in steel production. The development assumes significance as the country is aiming to achieve crude steel capacity of 300 million tonnes, which will require extensive mobilisation of natural resources, among others.

The 15-member task force under the chairmanship of Niti Aayog member V K Saraswat has secretaries of coal and steel ministries. Coal India Chairman Mr Gopal Singh, BHEL CMD Atul Sobti, SAIL Chairman Mr P K Singh, JSW Steel Chairman and Managing Director Mr Sajjan Jindal, Essar Steel Chairman Mr Shashi Ruia and NMDC CMD Mr Baijendra Kumar, among others are also members of the task force.

According to a steel ministry notification "A task force is explore the feasibility of producing methanol from coal at Mozambique and India, replacement of natural gas by coal gas through gasification process in steel plants, and carbon dioxide capturing from steel plants into methanol liquid fuel."

The terms of reference of task force include examining the feasibility of transporting methanol to India and convert it into olefins, parafins and other chemicals.

The information said that "The task force would be expected to outline the action plan and the time lines of implementation."

Asserting that the deliberation of task force will become reference point for project feasibility, the steel ministry said, adding that "the task force shall submit the report within 60 days of formation".

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Wed, 10 Jan 2018
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