Govt planning to restrict pet coke imports: Dharmendra Pradhan

Published On: 02, Dec 2017 | Source:

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday said the government is planning to curb the of petroleum coke, also known as 'pet coke', which is believed to be a major polluter.

The statement follows reports that US-based oil refineries are exporting -- a carbon-rich solid material derived from oil refining -- to as there aren't many takers for it in their country.

"Recently the banned the use of in three states surrounding the Consumption of is around 25 million tonnes in our country. Of this, around 13 million tonnes is produced by Indian refineries (rest is imported)," said Pradhan at a press conference in Ahmedabad.

Asked about his plans for reducing the as well as the use of pet coke, Pradhan said a policy is being framed by various stakeholder ministries to put curbs on its

does not cause if it is used as fuel in certain industries such as cement production, the minister said.

"At present, the ministry of petroleum along with ministries of environment, commerce and some other ministries are framing a policy to increase restrictions on of We are planning to implement a system to stop and use home-produced for non-polluting sectors, such as cement production," he said.

Giving details of ongoing work by ONGC in Kutch Offshore Basin, Pradhan said the basin, near the Gujarat coast, would produce nearly three million metric standard cubic meter per day of gas for the next 15 years.

"It is a significant discovery. ONGC is carrying out exploratory work in the basin for the last one year. This is a Rs 2,500 crore project, which would produce 3 MMCM per day for the next 15 years," he said.