Coal India has sought bids from licensors of coal gasification technology to set up coal-to-methanol plant in West Bengal.
In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said, “Coal India Ltd (CIL) is exploring the technical possibilities for cleaner utilisation of coal.”
He further said that in this direction, an expression of interest has been floated last month, for inviting offers for pre-qualification of licensors of coal gasification technology for setting up of coal to methanol plant in the premises of Dakuni Coal complex, West Bengal.
Under the CBM policy, ONGC and CIL are joint partners in developing Jaria coal bed methane (CBM) block and Raniganj North CBM block.
The CBM blocks are given to the consortium of CIL and ONGC on nomination basis by the government. Both the blocks have entered into development phase.