The government of India has set a target of increasing coal gasification to 100 million tons (MT) by 2030, VK Tiwari, additional secretary of the Ministry of Coal, said Friday.
“Coal gasification is the future. It is considered a cleaner option compared to burning coal. Gasification facilitates the use of the chemical properties of coal,” said Mr Tiwari during a speech at the National Mineral Congress in Bhubaneswar.
He said the government has prepared a national mission document to achieve 100 MT of coal gasification by 2030.
Mr Tiwari said technological advancements are bringing greater coal recovery, flexibility in mining operations, increased productivity, greater safety and lower costs. “Businesses must adopt new technologies and build a digital infrastructure to meet current and future requirements, ensuring the best use of technology in the industry,” said the additional secretary.
Speaking on the coal-to-hydrogen roadmap, Mr Tiwari said hydrogen demand in India is likely to increase to 11.7 million tons by 2030, from 6.7 million tons per year as of now.
“Refineries and fertilizer plants are now the largest consumers of hydrogen, which is produced from natural gas. It can be produced from coal in the processes during coal gasification,” he added.