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Indian Ban on Petcoke Imports Will Hurt US

Indian Ban on Petcoke Imports Will Hurt USIndian Ban on Petcoke Imports Will Hurt US

India’s government is in favor of banning the import of petroleum coke on environmental grounds, according to a government affidavit filed with the country’s top court, which could be a big blow to US refiners who export heavily to the country.

The Supreme Court, which in October banned the use of petroleum coke in and around New Delhi to clean the air in one of the world’s most polluted cities, is scheduled to hear a case on its use across the country later on Monday, Reuters reported.

India is the world’s biggest consumer of petroleum coke, better known as petcoke, which is a dark solid carbon material that emits 11% more greenhouse gases than coal, according to the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy.

Burning it also emits several times more sulfur dioxide, which causes lung diseases and acid rain.

Local producers include Indian Oil Corp, Reliance Industries and Bharat Petroleum Corp.

The oil ministry has also told the Supreme Court that petcoke should only be used as feedstock, like in the cement industry, and not as fuel.

A countrywide import ban would require replacing 14 million tons of petcoke a year with 24 million to 31 million tons of coal, according to industry calculations, most of which has to be imported.

 

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