Petroleum-Coal-Gas: Ensuring Sustainability


Bengaluru, March 02, 2016: The 6th World PetroCoal Congress-2016 was organised at New Delhi, India, during February 15-17, 2016, with the participation of 323 national and international delegates from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, UK, USA. The Conference brought together leading international and domestic players, policy makers, government officials and technocrats on a common platform. The theme of the 6th World PetroCoal Congress, “Petroleum-Coal-Gas: Ensuring Sustainability”, provided an appropriate platform for taking stock of new fossil fuels, cleaner use of existing fuels and the need for closer networking among the various agencies handling different fuels for synergising their operations and strategies to achieve higher value addition to secure and depleting resources, enhancing benefits to society, and encouraging better environmental management.

The 6th WPCC-2016 was inaugurated by Mr. Anil Razdan, Former Secretary Power, Government of India on 15th February 2016 and highlighted the importance of fossil fuels in the energy mix for greener growth. Speaking on the inaugural function Dr. Satish Agnihotri, President Energy And Environment Foundation gave emphasis on the synergy for energy for a sustainable development, Ms. Melanie Kenderdine Director of Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy, Mr. Benjamin Sporton, Chief Executive, World Coal Association UK, Dr. Robert C. Armstrong Director MIT Energy Initiative USA, Mr. Sudhir Vasudeva Former CMD ONGC, Mr. Alok Perti Former Secretary Coal, Government of India highlighted the importance of energy security and sustainability. Dr. Anil K. Garg, President, World PetroCoal Congress emphasised the importance of global cooperation in exploration, production and cleaner use of the fossil fuels, ensuring sustainability in Petroleum, Coal & Gas Sectors.

At the inaugural ceremony of the congress, Mr. Anil Razdan Former Secretary Power, Government of India gave away the prestigious “Energy And Environment Foundation Global Excellence Awards 2016” in the Petroleum, Coal and Gas Sectors. Energy And Environment Foundation conferred the Excellence Award to Professor Richard Paul Philp School of Geology and Geophysics The University of Oklahoma Norman USA; Mr. B. Ashok, Chairman, IndianOil Corporation Limited for providing transformational leadership, institution building and for their excellent contribution in Petroleum Sector. Mrs. Melanie Kenderdine Director Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis U.S. Department of Energy, USA was conferred the Global Award in Gas Sector for demonstrating excellence, creativity and innovation. In Coal Sector Mr. Sutirtha Bhattacharya, Chairman, Coal India Limited; Capt. R. S. Sindhu CMD ACB (India) Limited; Mr. S. K. Chowdhary Former Chairman, Coal India Limited; Dr. Dave Osborne Director Research and Technology, Somerset International Australia were awarded for their outstanding contribution in Coal Sector especially for promoting clean coal technologies and sustainability.

Energy And Environment Foundation in the memory of Dr. A.N. Saksena Former Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor to the Government of India and the First President of Energy And Environment Foundation, constituted an Life Time Achievement Award in order to remember him, his vision and pay tribute to this great personality. The first Dr. A.N. Saksena Memorial Life Time Achievement Award 2016 awarded to Dr. TSR Prasada Rao, Former Director Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun.

Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Government of India Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi gave away the “Energy And Environment Foundation Global Awards 2016” to WSS ONGC, The Singareni Collieries Company Ltd., ICICI Bank Limited & Tata Steel Limited in Safety and in CSR Adani Enterprises Ltd, Indian Oil Corporation Limited & JK Lakshmi Cement Ltd grab the awards.

The concurrent conference sessions were comprised of Plenary Session on “Coal: Global & Indian Scenario”, “Exploration & Production Challenges – A Way Forward” and “Natural Gas: Fueling the Future”, keynote sessions on “Clean Coal Technologies” “Euro / Bharat 6 Liquid Fuels” and “Coal-Gasification and Coal-to-Liquid Conversion were highlights of the Congress. Interesting, interactive panel discussions on

“Skill Development & Talent Management in the Petro-Coal Sector” “Fossil Fuels and Environment” & “Future of Energy” environmentally friendly solutions for Coal handling and loss prevention was also discussed. A Thought Leadership Summit, Special Interactive Group Meeting on “Energy Supply, Fossil Fuels and Climate Change: The Potential Role of Natural Gas” special attraction. All distinguished participants interacted and viewed various technologies and products on display.

The Conference served as a platform and an important gateway for worldwide energy companies to access the Indian market to foster partnerships and collaborations with local players.

The Congress was supported by Ministries of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Coal & Power Government of India and sponsored by ONGC, Coal India Limited, ACB (India) Limited, IndianOil Corporation, Oil India Limited, GAIL (India) Limited, Adani, Engineers India Limited and SAIL. Large number of professional associations, media partners supported this international Congress. EMPI was the Knowledge Partner of the Conference.

The following resolution was adopted in the Congress:

· Energy will continue to drive economic growth and the fight against poverty in much of Asia and Africa. It has to be affordable and accessible.

· The goal is reliable, sustainable and affordable power to the people. Hence the need to develop a long term road map of Energy for the Citizens. This will vary from region to region, depending upon available resources.

· There is need for developing energy integration and energy synergy, rather than pursue a path of energy apartheid. There is no space for war among fuels. The need is for harmony between different fuels for betterment of the global population. This will be achieved through development of holistic integrated energy systems to provide affordable, reliable, cleaner and sustainable energy for the global citizen to attain universally accepted economic, social and environment goals.

· Grid integration of New Renewables has to move in tandem with new renewable generation capacity addition. Fossil fuels generation will contribute significantly to this integration.

· Fossil fuels will continue to dominate energy use for some decades. There is need to effect improvements from the start of the fuel chain to the end of the delivery chain to ensure cleaner energy management. Coal will also continue to be a dominant fuel for reasons of energy security, load requirements and systems availability. Its beneficiation needs sharp focus.

· The development of lower capacity ultra super critical coal fired generation technology is a necessity.

· Carbon Capture Utilization and Fixation could be the focus of future carbon capture technology development.

· Cleaner Coal Utilization could be achieved through an accelerated development of Coal to Liquid and Coal to Gas. These technologies should be the beneficiaries of clean coal funds and green energy funds.

· Natural Gas is likely to be the fastest growing fossil fuel. It could develop as a universal transport and cooking fuel. Hence the need to develop the infrastructure for its storage, transportation, universal availability and access. Gas grids should develop with the same priority as power grids. The current era of lower prices of oil and gas provide an opportunity for heavy investment in infrastructure of availability. The market of gas will need to develop and mature as market for oil.

· Non-conventional sources of gas and oil, like CBM, CMM, Gas Hydrates, Shale Oil and Gas, Tight Reservoirs need priority funding and development to enhance energy security.

· Rapid urbanization and urban pollution are global concerns. Mindless urbanization without adequate traffic planning cause traffic congestion and can lead to greater and avoidable pollution. Urban planning must incorporate smooth traffic flow. Mass rapid transportation systems could become the norm for future urban development.

· There is an urgent requirement for moving to cleaner EURO 6 transportation fuels, as well as the need to regulate and update automobile technology, as well as its retrofit, to keep urban environment clean.

Energy And Environment Foundation invites the global energy community to assemble again at New Delhi, India in 15th to 17th February 2017 for the 7th World PetroCoal Congress & Expo-2017.

Corporate Comm India (CCI Newswire)