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India bans pet coke import for use as fuel

Reuters NEW DELHI | Updated on August 17, 2018

The cement industry is exempt from to pet coke ban (file photo)   -  AFP

India on Friday banned the import of pet coke for use as fuel, but said shipments for use as feedstock in some industries was allowed.

Usage of pet coke, a dirtier alternative to coal, in the energy-hungry country has come under scrutiny due to rising pollution levels in major cities.

“Import of pet coke is allowed for only cement, lime kiln, calcium carbide and gasification industries, when used as the feedstock or in the manufacturing process on actual user condition,” the Directorate General of Foreign Trade said.

As the world's largest consumer of pet coke, India imports over half its annual pet coke consumption of about 27 million tonnes, mainly from the United States. Local producers include Indian Oil Corp, Reliance Industries and Bharat Petroleum Corp.

India is the world's biggest consumer of petroleum coke, which is a dark solid carbon material that emits 11 per cent more greenhouse gases than coal, according to the CarnegieTsinghua Center for Global Policy.

Published on August 17, 2018

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