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Government not to restrict use of petcoke in lime industry: CM Rajasthan

22nd June 2017

Rajasthan Government has decided not to ban affordable fuel petcoke widely used in lime industry. In a program organized at CM residence in Jaipur, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said that understa

Rajasthan Government has decided not to ban affordable fuel petcoke widely used in lime industry. In a program organized at CM residence in Jaipur, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said that understanding the trouble and pain of millions of small entrepreneurs and their families related to the lime industry, state Government has decided not to ban this fuel. Government's decision will encourage economic activities in the state. She also appealed to the people associated with the industry to come forward to make the state green and pollution free. People related with the industry also expressed their gratitude toward Chief Minister on this decision.

Source : Times of India


A future for coal in the UK: £200m coal mine edges closer to production

22nd June 2017

The British coal mining industry looks set for revival, following a strong 2016 commodity cycle and a £200m coking coal project.
West Cumbria Mining (WCM) plans to extract high value th

The British coal mining industry looks set for revival, following a strong 2016 commodity cycle and a £200m coking coal project.
West Cumbria Mining (WCM) plans to extract high value thermal coal to be used for steelmaking rather than coal used predominantly in power stations.
The mine looks set for a 2019 open date and Mark Kirkbride, Chief Executive, believes that the mine project will revive the industry following a great 12 months.
“Metallurgical coal was the best performing commodity in 2016,” he said.
“There is no source of it in Europe.”
Coal (Metallurgical/Coking coal) saw an 8 percent rise in price in 2016, its most successful year following five consecutive years of decline.
The plan for the mine will see the development of a coking coal mine just off the West Coase of England that will supply the European steel making coal market, which currently imports around 45 million tonnes per annum.
WCM already has commitments from European steelmakers to take 500,000 tonnes a year. They rely on imports mainly from Australia and the US. Mr Kirkbride said: “The mine will have a life of at least 50 years. We have to get over our hangover in this country. There is a future for coal.”

Source : Mining Global


India to focus on domestic consumption of steel: Minister

17th June 2017

The Centre Friday said it will ensure that steel products are not imported in the guise of utensils or finished products.

“We are keeping an eye on that (import of steel in guise of f

The Centre Friday said it will ensure that steel products are not imported in the guise of utensils or finished products.

“We are keeping an eye on that (import of steel in guise of finished products). We will not allow such kind of practice even in trade,” Union Minister of Steel Chaudhary Birender Singh told reporters after addressing a meeting of the National Steel Consumers’ Council here.

Stating that India has been successful in reducing import of steel by 37 per cent during 2016-17, Singh said the reduction of imported steel was mostly from China.

This had happened because of India’s anti-dumping measures and also due to withdrawal of the Minimum Import Price (MIP), he said.

“The government has made a budgetary allocation of Rs 4 lakh crore for infrastructure this year. We have to ensure that the maximum steel produced in the country is used domestically,” said the Minister.

Stating that the steel sector has been growing at a steady Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of about 7 per cent, he said the country’s steel export registered a 102 per cent growth from 4.08 MT in 2015-16 to 8.20 MT in 2016-17.

However, India’s per capita steel consumption remained at only 64 kg, which needs to be increased to 160 kg as the country is planning to produce 300 million tons of steel by 2013-31, the Union Minister said.

“We are going to increase the country’s steel consumption rate in a big way. As the Centre has earmarked Rs 4 lakh crore for the infrastructure sector, the steel sector should take advantage of it to enhance the consumption rate,” Singh said adding, the Railways alone have plans to spend Rs 1.32 lakh crore in its expansion.          

Of the Rs 4 lakh crore earmarked for infrastructure sector, the steel sector can easily get 10 per cent of its share, which is estimated to be Rs 40,000 crore.

The Minister, however, stressed on the production of high-end steel, which he termed as the future of steel industry.

On the raw materials for steel industries, the Minister said “85 per cent of coking coal is now imported, which adds to the price of steel making. Coal India Limited and Bharat Coking Coal Limited have agreed to set up 12 new coking coal washeries by 2019-20. This will fulfil the demand of coking coal,” he said.

Source : PTI


Focus on converting thermal coal into coking coal: Minister

17th June 2017

Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh on Thursday said the ministry is hoping to replace 25-30 per cent of coking coal required for producing steel by converting thermal coal into coking co

Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh on Thursday said the ministry is hoping to replace 25-30 per cent of coking coal required for producing steel by converting thermal coal into coking coal.
The move is expected to reduce the import cost of coking coal.

"The replacement of raw material (coking coal) which is being procured from Australia is important. We have asked Coal India and Coal Ministry that there should be washeries at the pit heads of the mining areas," Birender Singh said here.

"If we are able to wash this coal -- called thermal coal, we would be converting this coal as a replacement of coking coal. By that effort, we are hoping 25-30 per cent of coking coal can be replaced," he added.

He also said there has been a focus on pelletisation of iron ore fines to reduce the imports cost.

"We have asked steel producing PSUs for using that (pellets of iron ore fines)," he said on the sidelines of the unveiling of foundation stone and model of corporate building of MSTC Ltd, a mini-ratna Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Steel.

Pelletisation enables converting iron ore fines into uniform sized pellets that can be charged into the blast furnaces or for production of Direct Reduced Iron (DRI).

The Union Cabinet last month gave its approval to the National Steel Policy, 2017, which projects crude steel capacity of 300 million tonnes (mt), production of 255 million tonnes and a robust finished steel per capita utilisation of 158 kg by 2030-31, as against the current utilisation of 61 kg.

According to the policy, the 300 mt of steel-making capacity would translate into additional investment of Rs 10 lakh crore by 2030-31.

The policy also envisages domestically meeting the entire demand of high grade automotive steel, electrical steel, special steels and alloys for strategic applications and increase domestic availability of washed coking coal so as to reduce import dependence on coking coal from about 85 per cent to around 65 per cent by 2030-31.

Birender Singh said the consumption is expected to increase with the spending on infrastructure, and the housing for all project would also boost the domestic steel consumption.

Source : IANS


Rajasthan govt decides not to ban use of pet coke as fuel

17th June 2017

The Rajasthan government has decided not to put a ban on the use of pet coke, a final carbon-rich solid material used as a source of energy, by the industries in the state.
The state environm

The Rajasthan government has decided not to put a ban on the use of pet coke, a final carbon-rich solid material used as a source of energy, by the industries in the state.
The state environment department took the decision after examining the National Green Tribunals (NGT) order and in consultation with the Rajasthan Pollution Control Board.
"The decision not to ban pet coke was taken while looking at the environmental structure of the state. It will benefit a large number of small and medium scale units," an official release said here today.
Pet coke is increasingly being used as one of the major alternative fuels, replacing coal due to its high net calorific value, especially by the cement industries, and low cost as compared to coal.
The states cement, textile and other industrial units will be benefited by the governments decision.
The NGT, in its decision in May, had directed the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest and all state governments to decide within two months whether the pet coke was an approved fuel as per the environmental laws.

Source : PTI