Cornot-Gandolphe Sylvie

Economie et politique de l’énergie
March 2016
Titre Ouvrage:
Indian Steam Coal Imports: The Great Equation
Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, OIES CL 3
126 p.

This report seeks to establish India’s role in the global steam coal trade through a comprehensive assessment of the ‘coal equation’: supply and demand in relation to India’s coal policy. The report analyzes the major drivers of future coal demand and particularly focuses on the power sector, given its overwhelming share of India’s coal demand. It also looks at the reforms currently underway in the mining sector and their potential to make the sector more efficient, thus facilitating the dramatic growth in production that would be required to make India self-sufficient. The analysis is supplemented by quantitative assessments of steam coal supply and demand to FY2020. The results of these assessments indicate that the government is likely to reach its self-sufficiency goal, but this will be towards the end of the decade, rather than at the end of 2017 as desired. In order to cease steam coal imports, India’s government will specifically need to address constraints relating to the low quality of Indian coal, in addition to resolving transportation and land acquisition issues.

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