Heavy Industries Minister inaugurates country’s first coal to methanol plant built by BHEL


Hyderabad, Jan 15 (PTI) Union Heavy Industries Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey on Saturday dedicated India’s first BHEL (BHEL) built ‘Coal to Methanol’ (CTM) pilot plant to the nation. The CTM plant was inaugurated here as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations, an official statement said.

Pandey also inaugurated an exhibition on ‘Products developed under Self-reliant India’ organized at Hyderabad unit of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister said that one of the important goals of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision is to create a self-reliant nation. “The role of the manufacturing sector will be crucial in realizing this vision. The government has already highlighted the importance of manufacturing sector through schemes like ‘Make in India’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.

Pandey further said that the capital goods industry is the backbone of the manufacturing sector as it provides machinery and equipment to a wide set of user-industries.

The CTM Pilot Plant has been indigenously designed, developed and installed by BHEL with a production capacity of 0.25 TPD (Ton Per Day). It is presently producing methanol from high ash Indian coal with purity above 99 per cent.