Green panel nod for import of coal with higher ash content
Green panel nod for import of coal with higher ash content

Green panel nod for import of coal with higher ash content

The Environment Ministry´s expert panel, EAC, has suggested use of imported coal with higher ash content of up to 25 per cent, as against 12 per cent now, to help domestic thermal power plants use higher grade coal and bring down the cost of generation.

The recommendation comes against the backdrop of recent demand of the Association of Power Producers (APP) that the Ministry´s February 2013 order to restrain ash content in imported coal up to 12 per cent has forced power plants in the coastal region to use only Indonesian coal. In a representation to the Ministry, APP had sought review of the ash content restriction so that high grade, low moisture imported coal from Australia, The committee observed that bulk of the imported coal having ash content lower than 12 per cent are typically of Indonesian origin having high moisture content of about 30-40 per cent, while imported coal from Australia, Russia, the USA and Columbia have ash content of about 25 per cent with moisture content up to 15 per cent.

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