JSPL powers energy efficiency in steel production through unique Coal Gasification Plant

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai | February 13, 2015 18:21 IST

Becomes the first company to build the first-of-its-kind Coal Gasification plant in India and the first in the world where gas from coal is used to produce DRI.

Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL), stressed the need for India to explore alternate ways of obtaining gas to help attain energy security, while showcasing its unique, state of the art Coal to Gas plant at Angul, Odisha at the 6th International Summit on Gasification and its Applications, GASIFICATION INDIA 2015 here.

Worldwide, gasification has reliably gained a good share in the past few decades, as there is a rise in chemical, energy, and natural gas demand all over the world. Gasification is a thermochemical process that is low on cost, high on efficiency, resulting in greenhouse savings.

The two-day international summit covers the entire field related to science, technology and policy of gasification of coal, biomass and other carbonaceous feedstock's, as well as applications to power generation, production of liquid fuels, and related topics. The scope of the summit is to estimate the global market for gasification by the end of 2020.

Addressing the delegates, Naveen Jindal, Chairman, JSPL said, “India has sufficient reserves of coal in the country. We hope that the government encourages environment friendly innovations like coal gasification that is a cost-effective and effluent free technology used in the steel making process. As a company we are pioneering in bringing in such innovations to India so as to produce indigenously in line with the Make in India vision.”

Said the Company’s MD and CEO, Ravi Uppal, “India has billions of tonnes of low-rank coal. Its gasification can help our country overcome the perennial gas shortage problem. Apart from saving precious foreign exchange for our country, this would create employment in the country, boosting the economy. However, there are significant technical challenges in the Gasification of High Ash Indian Coal as it has ash content ranging from 40-50%. We at JSPL have accepted this challenge both for the Company as well as for the industry.”

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