Bhubaneswar: A one day seminar on ‘Coal Gasification’ was organized by the Bhubaneswar Regional Centre of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IICHE) on 26.11.2014 in the Hotel New Marrion, Bhubaneswar. The Seminar was inaugurated by Sri Debi Prasad Mishra, Minister Industries, School & Mass Education, Govt. of Odisha who was the Chief Guest of the occasion and said that with ever increasing power demand for the domestic as well as industrial sectors, India targets for an additional 76000 MW capacity with an 85% contribution by coal. Out of the 302 billion tons of estimated coal reserve in the country, Odisha accounts for nearly 25%. With the supply of quality coal decreasing, the targeted coal based power can only be achieved through wide adoption of coal gasification technology.
Coal gasification is the process of producing synthesis gas, a mixture consisting primarily of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. While generation of electicity uses thermal value of coal, coal gasification for production of synthesis gas uses the chemical value of coal. Through gasification technology, coal can be an effective feed stock for chemical and metallurgical industries and will be the real black diamond in bringing prosperity to the state of Odisha having abundant reserve of coal.
In the inaugural session Mr. D.P. Mishra (Director, DCPL), Chairman Seminar organizing committee introduced the theme of the seminar and Prof.G.K. Roy (FormerDirector, NIT, Rourkela), Chairman IICHE, Bhubaneswar Regional Centre briefed about the activities of the Centre. Mr.R.G.Ranjan, CMD, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd. graced the occasion as Distinguished Gues. This was followed by the lecture ‘Coal Gasification – Technological challenges’ by Dr. K.V. Raghavan, Distinguished Professor, INAE and the key Note Address ‘ Indian Coal Scenario and its utilization : Present and Future’ was delivered by CSIRCIMFR, Dhanbad. The Chief Guest Sri Debi Prasad Mishra, Hon’ble Minister of Industries, School and Mass Education, Govt. of Odisha delivered the inaugural address. The inaugural session closed with vote of thanks by Dr.B.V.R. Murthy, Organising Secretary of the Seminar Committee.
The daylong seminar contained three technical sessions in which technical executives from various top industries and consultants such as IOCL, JSPL, MCL, RCF, Flour India, Essar Ltd., Jacobs, DCPL, Haldor Topse-Denmark, Air Liquide, Thyssen Krupp etc. delivered invited lectures and took part in the deliberations. Various aspects of coal gasification were discussed.
The seminar concluded with a valedictory session chaired by Mr.Arun Jain, MD, Fluor India during which a panel discussion was held to arrive at the conclusions emerging for the deliberations and to recommend follow up actions of the seminar. In total, more than 100 delegates from India and abroad participated in the seminar.