to the report that US-based oil refineries, unable to sell ‘pet coke’ within
the country, are exporting it to India and pet coke being carbon-rich solid
material derived from oil refining is said to be a major polluter, Union
Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that government is
planning to restrict the imports of petroleum coke, also known as pet coke.
the Supreme Court banned the use of pet coke in three states surrounding the
Delhi-NCR. Consumption of pet coke 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 here.
Asked about his plans for reducing the imports as well as use of pet coke,
Pradhan said "At present, ministry of petroleum along with ministries of
environment, commerce and some other ministries are framing a policy to
increase restrictions on imports of pet coke. We are planning to implement a
system to stop imports and use home-produced pet coke for non-polluting sectors,
such as cement production” adding that pet coke does not cause pollution if it
used as fuel in certain industries such as cement production.
about the work by ONGC in Kutch Offshore Basin, the Minister 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.