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Soon, policy to restrict pet coke imports: oil minister Pradhan

Responding 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.

"Recently 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.

Talking 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.


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