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Domestic coal gas can be used as a feedstock for producing urea and other chemicals that can help reduce the country's import bill by $10 billion in five years and cut carbon emissions, a top official has said.
Coal Secretary Susheel Kumar also said India's dependence on petroleum and natural gas can be reduced or done away with if the country is able to get gas from coal.
“If we are able to replace this import by indigenous coal gasification, it can safely be said that in the next five years’ time, about $10 billion worth of imports can be substituted. That's the mechanics which one has to really work on,” the Coal Secretary has said in an interview.
"Our dependence on petroleum and natural gas will be reduced ... We know that coal is there. That's the real issue and I want that as a secretary I should steer the sector towards that," he said further.