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Pilot project for producing methanol from coal to be set up at Talcher




 In a bid to cut down on oil import costs and reduce pollution through alternative fuels, the Central government is considering indigenous production of methanol from coal. A pilot project is being set up in Talcher for the purpose.

Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari chaired a high level meeting in New Delhi recently on bio-fuels and methanol with experts, including NITI Aayog Member VK  Saraswat who has been working on methanol-based fuel research. During the meeting, the Union Minister stressed the need for clean fuel that can substitute fossil fuels, cut import cost and is cheap.  While methanol is a promising fuel which is also being used in the West as well as China, but in most places it is being made from natural gas. India is presently importing methanol from Saudi Arabia and Iran. Indigenous production at present is very low as it is not cost effective due to import cost of natural gas.

An official said if India starts making methanol from coal, it will become cost effective.






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