Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL) the Miniratna Company under the Ministry of Coal has inked an MoU with CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad on Monday for Clean Coal Technologies and Gainful Utilisation of Overburden in the virtual presence of CMD Shri P K Sinha, Director (Technical/Operations) Dr. Anindya Sinha, Director (Finance and Personnel) Shri R N Dubey, from NCL and Dr. V.M. Tiwari, Director, and others from CSIR IICT, Hyderabad.
Major areas of Collaboration wherein CSIR-IICT will extend its scientific support to NCL are Clean Coal Technologies including Coal to Liquid & Chemicals, Exploring Alternate eco-friendly technologies for energy, Coal to Hydrogen, Gainful utilization of OBR, to formulate and develop project proposals relevant to the coal sector, etc. NCL will spend about ₹ 7.31 Crore in the next 5 Years in this collaboration.
This MoU is significant and in line with the vision of India’s Panchamrit at COP-26. The growing economies of nations are also boosting the energy requirement of nations. This collaboration of NCL & IICT will help the company in the direction of sustainable mining and exploring the future technologies along with the energy security of the nation.
In the other green mining initiative, NCL is setting up a 50 MW ground-mounted Solar Energy Setup to become a net-zero company in the future and adopting energy efficiency measures with technological up-gradation in the company.
The CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology is a national-level research center located in Hyderabad, India under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) which conduct research in basic and applied chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering and provides science and technology inputs for the industrial and economic development of the country.
NCL is Singrauli, The Energy Capital of India based Subsidiary of Coal India Limited which is mining more than 115 Million Tonnes of coal annually from its 10 highly mechanized opencast mines located in Singrauli and Sonbhadra District of MP and UP respectively.