Australian companies presented their capabilities in different areas and highlighted the projects they are engaged in particularly Clean Coal Technologies (CCTs) viz Coal Bed Methane (CBM), Coal Mine Methane (CMM), Underground Coal Gasification (UCG), safety improvement, reclamation of mined out areas etc.
In view of the proposed enhancement of coal production in the next five years India is focusing on technological development, modernization, safety improvement and skill development. In addition to coal mining there was also a focus on clean coal technologies, including coal washing, coal bed methane development and underground coal gasification.
Post cancellation of 204 coal blocks by Supreme Court, India has auctioned 31 Coal Mines and allotted 42 Coal Mines to Central/State Government Companies for captive use. Taking the process forward and also to augment availability of domestic coal thereby reducing dependence on imported coal, Government has finalised the methodology of allocation of coal mines for commercial mining to Central/State PSUs.
Many of these blocks can explore usage of Australian clean coal technologies thus helping reduce emissions while also helping reduce cost of production.