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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-12-07 12:05 PM
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India's Coal Demand May Quadruple By 2031- Economic Times
MUMBAI: India's demand for coal may exceed two billion tonnes a year by 2031-32, up from about 460 million tonnes a year now according to the minister for coal, Dasari Rao. To ensure energy security, India "has taken steps in acquiring coal properties abroad," Rao said in a paper distributed at an industry event on Monday.

He did not attend the conference in Mumbai and the paper gave no further details on where the country was looking to invest in coal mining. Rao said that the Indian government's Committee on Integrated Energy Policy recently noted that coal must maintain its current share in India's overall energy mix for the next 25 years if the country is to sustain economic growth at over 9 percent a year. This will require the government to plan coal production and ensure there is adequate infrastructure for imports, which will need to rise to around 50 million tonnes a year within the next five years to bridge the gap between demand and supply, Rao said.

The boost in coal usage will also lead to rising carbon dioxide emissions, with the Indian subcontinent likely to be one of the regions worst hit by global warming.

New Delhi says it must use more energy to lift its population from poverty and that per-capita emissions are a fraction of those in rich states, though steeply rising emissions in the past decade have left it the world's fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases, according to U.N. figures.

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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-12-07 12:25 PM
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1. Do they have their own coal and where have they bought coal rights?
US?
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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-12-07 12:25 PM
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2. I'd guess Australia, since they're the major export power in the region for coal
However, that's just a guess - I'm not certain.
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