Ministry of Coal has set up Mission Coking Coal (MCC)

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Recently the Ministry of Coal has set up Mission Coking Coal (MCC).

The Mission Coking Coal (MCC) is based on the recommendations of the Inter-Ministerial Committee constituted to formulate a strategy for increasing the production of coking coal in India.

Coking refers to the ability of coal to be converted into coke. It is a pure form of carbon. It can be used in ordinary oxygen furnaces.

Coking coal is used in the manufacture of steel by blast furnace.

Domestic coking coal is a coal producing high ash content (between 18% – 49%). It is not suitable for direct use in Blast furnace. Hence, it is mixed with imported coking coal (9% ash).

Objective of Mission Coking Coal (MCC) –

  • Preparation of action plan for increasing the production and utilization of domestic coking coal.
  • Adoption of new technologies.
  • Allocation of coking coal blocks for private sector development.
  • Setting up of new coking coal washeries, increasing R&D activities and improving quality standards.
  • It helps to boost production and strengthen domestic capabilities. This will make it possible to reduce imports and strengthen the concept of self-reliant India.
  • About 50 metric tonnes of coking coal is imported by the country on an annual basis. The value of imported coking coal in the financial year 2020-21 was Rs 45,435 crore.

Source- The Hindu

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