Union petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan today said the government is planning to curb the imports of petroleum coke, also known as ‘pet coke’, which is believed to be a major polluter.
The statement follows reports that US-based oil refineries are exporting pet coke- a carbon-rich solid material derived from oil refining- to India as there aren’t many takers for it in their country.
“Recently the Supreme Court banned the use of pet coke in three states surrounding the Delhi-NCR. Consumption of pet coke is around 25 million tonnes in our country. Of this, around 13 million tonnes is produced by Indian refineries (rest is imported),” said Pradhan at a press conference here.