August 17, 2018 / 9:46 AM / a month ago

UPDATE 1-India bans petcoke import for use as fuel

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NEW DELHI, Aug 17 (Reuters) - India on Friday banned the import of petcoke for use as fuel, but said shipments for use as feedstock in some industries was allowed.

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

"Import of Petcoke 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. (bit.ly/2MyltjZ)

As the world’s largest consumer of petcoke, India imports over half its annual petcoke 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 percent more greenhouse gases than coal, according to the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. (Reporting by Sudarshan Varadhan in and Abinaya Vijayaraghavan in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu and Vyas Mohan)

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