Glimpses of 6th RTC on Coal

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The domestic Coal scenario in India has undergone unbelievable transformation in last three years. Till end of 2013-14, the country was reeling under unprecedented coal shortage and Coal or rather its shortage had been identified as the villain standing in the way of economic growth in the country.

The government and the industry took the challenge and achieved unprecedented growth rates in Coal production – of the order of 9% during 2014-15 and 2015-16 and then the situation took a total about turn and this Coal shortage has got transformed into Coal surplus. Today Power stations are carrying Coal stocks equivalent to more than 3 weeks consumption, pithead stocks in Coal India's Mines are at a level of close to 55 mill tons and the level of reluctance at the Power Stations to accept Coal supply as per their commitments has become so strong that some of the subsidiaries of Coal India Ltd have been compelled to restrict the production.

The signals for the future are confusing. On the one hand, Renewables are set to play a bigger role in future- a generation level of 175 GW is planned by 2022 , CEA has projected that no more Coal-based Power Stations other than those already under construction need to be constructed now and yet Coal India's production target of 1 bill tons by 2020 remains unchanged. Coal is thus back at the cross - roads as has been the case year on year.

Probably time has come for a valuable national asset like Coal to be used for purposes other than Power Generation like manufacture of Hydrocarbons. Simultaneously the adverse impact of large scale Coal usage on environment has got to be addressed by making the entire chain from Coal production to Coal utilisation Cleaner and Greener.

It is against this background that this Round Table with the Theme ”Indian Coal - Today and Tomorrow” has been planned for the 20th September 2017.

This Round Table is a biennial event organised by India Energy Forum (IEF) together with Mining Geological and Metallurgical Institute of India (MGMI), Delhi Chapter and Indian School of Mines Alumni Association (ISMAA), Delhi Chapter for a decade now.

The summit will be held at Hotel Le-Meridien, New Delhi.

The objective of the Round Table Conference will be to identify the challenges before the Indian Coal Sector and Chalk out strategies for meeting them. Relevant issues to be dwelt upon have been identified as under:

  • Modernisation of Coal Exploration Technology
  • Upgradation of Mining Equipment and Mining Technologies
  • Identifying other usage for Indian Coal
  • Making Coal Mining and Coal utilisation more Environment friendly with particular emphases on Land Reclamation, Afforestation and Coal Beneficiation
  • Improvement in Infrastructural facilities particularly rail-connectivity for undeveloped/ under developed Coalfields.

This Round Table Conference will provide a unique platform for Entrepreneurs, Decision Makers, Sr. Government Officials, Investors, Industry Members, Traders, Equipment Buyers and Suppliers, Academia, Miners, Engineers and Trade delegations to congregate, brainstorm, showcase and forge meaningful partnerships for business development.

Successful organisation of an Event of this nature and magnitude will require the active support of all the stakeholders in Coal Sector like Coal Producers, Coal Consumers, Regulatory Authorities in general and that of Ministry of Coal, Ministry of Power, Min. of Railway, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Ministry of Steel and concerned State Governments in particular. This support has already been sought and assured.

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