Coal has been and will continue as the main source of energy for India for many more years to come. India’s hunger for coal is more than justified because of its meagre known hydrocarbon resources and heavy dependence on imports. With country’s aim of becoming a Five Trillion Dollar economy by 2025, the requirement of coal for generation of electricity, for making iron & steel, and cement for meeting the requirements of infrastructure like ports, highways, housing, education, health facilities and other basic needs to provide the required quality of life to its growing population will also grow commensurately.

With poor generic quality of domestic coal, it is imperative that coal must be washed to reduce its ash content and improve its heat value so that it burns more efficiently with lesser emissions. It is noteworthy that with its persistent efforts, CPSI has been able to convince all

stakeholders about positives of coal washing and the benefits that accrue to the Nation as a whole. However, coal washing capacity in the country is still far less than required. The government is now pushing the industry to set up coal washeries at an accelerated pace so that in coming five years a significant percentage of domestic coal production is washed before dispatch.

The 9th International Coal Preparation Congress (ICPC) was held in India in 1982 when the world was facing sudden doubling of oil prices. This gave coal supremacy in the global energy mix and it continued to be so for over three decades. After 37 years of the last ICPC, India is now hosting the XIX ICPC under the shadow of climate change fears. India and many other countries those having meagre oil and natural gas endowments shall have to continue their dependence on coal for power, iron and steel, cement etc for many more years to come. International Energy Agency (IEA) has predicted that by 2045 or so, around 26%, compared to present 38%, of world’s electricity will still be coming from coal. Therefore, India has no option but to depend primarily on its high ash content domestic coal; use it judiciously and responsibly after proper beneficiation for effective and gainful adoption of high efficiency low emission (HELE) technologies for power generation. The XIX ICPC is therefore being held at an opportune time for all those having stake in the domestic coal industry. With expected participation of around 500 delegates including over 120 subject experts from overseas, this prestigious international event on coal offers a great opportunity for sharing experience and exchanging knowledge. At the same time, this is an excellent time for fruitful exchange of state of art coal beneficiation technologies allowing Indian coal specialists to make coal specific and cost effective choices leading to B 2 B agreements on sustainable basis taking advantage of India’s recently announced liberal FDI policy. I, on behalf of entire CPSI family, thank the industry fraternity and the concerned Ministries of Govt. of India for their strong support towards making the XIX ICPC a grand success. Our special thanks and sincere gratitude to Shri Pralhad Joshi, Hon’ble Minister for Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India for his strong support and encouragement to Coal Preparation Society of India (CPSI) for its efforts in organising the XIX International Coal Preparation Congress & Expo (ICPC).

We look forward to an effective interaction amongst the participants and fruitful deliberations in the forthcoming global event on coal.
Jai Hind,

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