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Minister calls for raising use of washed coal

Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal stressed on the need to enhance the use of washed coal particularly for power sector which is consuming almost 70 percent of the country’s coal production.

He said this while explaining that his ministry was taking efforts to improve the energy efficiency programmes including improving the quality of coal supplies to various consumers.

In order to raise the energy efficiency and the quality of coal supplies, the ministry wants to adopt Gross Calorific Value (GCV) based grading and pricing of thermal coals in place of the earlier Useful Heat Value (UHV) based system, said Jaiswal while addressing India Energy Congress.

He said that coal companies are also taking different steps for proper crushing, sizing and preparation of coal for ensuring consistency in quality of supplies.

He also remarked that coal is playing a critical role in supporting India's energy plans and the situation is not going to change in any significant manner in quite some time into the future.

However, the fuel supply is getting adversely affected due to production constraints on various accounts. While, the government is seized of the issues, efforts are being made at different levels to find amicable solutions and make available the desired level of supplies of coal with particular emphasis on power sector, he said.

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