Coal secretary visits Australia, explores new possibilities in coal sector

possibilities in coal sector

New Delhi: A delegation from the coal ministry, headed by coal secretary Amrit Lal Meena, on Tuesday visited the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organisation (CSIRO), Queensland, Australia, to explore new possibilities in the coal production and processing sector.

Meena was accompanied by B Veera Reddy, director (technical), Coal India Limited (CIL) and other senior officers during his Australia tour. According to senior officers of the coal ministry, the delegation held discussions with experts at CSIRO on key areas of coal mining like fugitive emissions, coal gasification, underground mining including highwall and auger mining, coal bed methane (CBM), carbon capture or sequestration and exploration during the visit.

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Meena advised the Indian delegates to identify technologies for adoption in the Indian mining industry. Later, he also delivered a keynote address on the coal industry and just transition.

Meena opens India pavilion at World Mining Congress in Brisbane

Meena also inaugurated the India pavilion having NLC India Ltd (NLCIL), CIL and NMDC at the World Mining Congress (WMC) 2023 in Brisbane, Australia. The India pavilion at WMC showcases country’s technological prowess in the mining, energy sector and its commitment to sustainable development practices.

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NLC India Ltd. (NLCIL) along with participating Indian PSEs welcomed Meena and other officials from the coal ministry to its exhibition pavilion. The event, being held in Brisbane, Australia, has brought together industry leaders, experts and organizations from around the world to share knowledge and advancements in the mining and power generation sector.

The visit of coal secretary and other officials of the coal ministry marked a significant moment for NLCIL and CIL and as they engaged in insightful discussions about the future of coal mining, power generation and its impact on the energy sector. The India stall showcases innovative technologies, sustainable mining, power generation practices and country’s commitment to environmental conservation.

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Prasanna Kumar Motupalli, CMD, NLC India Ltd, highlighted the company’s dedication to the advancement of the energy industry through responsible mining techniques and adoption of cutting-edge technologies. Former CMD of NLCILM P Narayanan also shared his valuable insights about the sector.

CMD, ECL, AP Panda and other senior officers from the Indian delegation were present on the occasion.

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