October 3, 2008

Japan Provide Coal-Processing Tech to India

Tokyo, Oct. 3 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Friday it will help India upgrade its technology for processing coal for use in thermal power generation.

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), an affiliate of the ministry, and India's Coal and Finance Ministries signed a basic accord to conduct a three-year model project aimed at transferring Japan's sophisticated coal-processing technology to the South Asian nation.

Under the project, high-quality coal will be produced by removing impurities at low cost through the use of the technology. Investment in the project is estimated at 1.72 billion yen, according to the Japanese ministry.

In India, demand for coal is surging for use in thermal power generation in line with the country's rapid economic growth.

But the thermal efficiency of Indian coal is low because it contains a lot of ash.

Monnet Ispat and Energy Ltd., an Indian mining company, will introduce the Japanese technology via the model project.END

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