The World CTL Conference is the main international event on coal and biomass conversion to chemicals, natural gas and liquid fuels. On December 11 and 12, 2012, 160 delegates representing 120 companies and institutions convened in New Delhi for the World CTL 2012 India Summit.
Leading experts and managers from India, China, Europe, South Africa and the USA attended the summit.
The Summit was co-organized by World CTL and Noppen, the leading event organizer in the field of energy. The two-day summit was followed by a site tour in Panipat, where 17 participants visited the ammonia plant of NFL (National Fertilizers Limited). “The Summit has been evaluated excellent or good by 95% of participants, average by 5% and weak by 0%”, said Mr. Serge Périneau, the Chairman of the conference.
Shri Srikant Kumar Jena, Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri S.K. Srivastava, Secretary of the Ministry of Coal, Shri Naveen Jindal, Chairman of Jindal Steel and Power Limited, Doctor Ajit Sapre, Group President of Reliance Industries Ltd, and Mr. Subrat Ratho, Managing Director of Jindal Synfuels Limited inaugurated the Summit by lighting the lamp.
Following the keynote session, the first day, 11 December, was devoted to experience and projects. Major Indian projects were presented including Reliance Industries’ Jamnagar Refinery project by Mr. Thomas Mathew and JSPL’s syngas for steel production and CTL project by Mr. Malay Kumar. Interactive experience and knowledge sharing sessions also took place while papers from organizations from geographically diversified locations were presented and well received by participants. Speakers that stood out included Mr. Lei Xia from Asiachem, who presented a coal conversion picture in China, and Mr. Michel Thuysbaet from Cobramar Group in South Africa, who drew the attention of the audience to lignite to liquids, a rare opportunity for India.
This first day was concluded with a summit reception with cocktail dinner.
Day 2, 12 December was devoted to technology and environment: after an introduction by Mr. R.K. Chopra, technical director at Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Ltd, India, speakers presented innovative solutions on improved catalyst efficiency, pumping technology, and environment protection, etc.
The two-day summit closed with a panel discussion on the Future of Coal and Petcoke Conversion in India moderated by Shri D.N. Prasad, advisor projects from Ministry of Coal, with panelists Mr. Thomas Mathew, President, Technology Group, Reliance Industries Ltd, Mr. D.P. Misra, Advisor CTL, Jindal Synfuels Ltd, India, Mr. D. Madhukar Rao, Deputy General Manager, Project Development, GAIL (India) Ltd, and Mr. R.B. Mathur, Senior Advisor, Coal, Lanco Group.
“The panel discussions very interesting” Siemens India
On 13 December, 17 delegates participated in the site tour at the NFL’s (National Fertilizers Limited) plant in Panipat, to see the gasification unit as well as the chemical process converting syngas to fertilizers.
Other speakers at the Summit were Mr. S.V. Raju, R&D General Manager, Oil India Ltd, Mr. Patrick Stephan, Senior Market Manager, Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials, USA; Mr. Sudipta Datta, Senior Scientist, Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, India; Mr. Clifton Keeler, Vice President, Phillips Gasification Services, Phillips 66, USA; Mr. Rohit Davidson, Sales Manager, Siemens India; Mr. S.C. Dhiman, Deputy General Manager, Technical Services, National Fertilizers Ltd, India; Mr. Aman Assur, Representative for India, Feluwa Pumpen Germany, India; Mr. Cai Zeng, Director of Sales, Catalysis & Energy, Clariant, China; Mr. Jean-Paul Margotin, Managing Director, Axens, India; Mr. Girish Chitnish, Licensing Manager, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering, USA; Mr. Finn Joensen, Senior Scientist, Haldor Topsoe, Denmark; Ms. Malti Goel, Executive Director, Climate Change Research Society, India, and Ms. Angela Slavens, Vice President & Global Director, Sulphur Technology, WorleyParsons, USA.
“World CTL 2012 is a very good interactive and experience sharing, Programme is helpful for CTL in India” Eastern Coalfield Limited