“Local equipment companies to help lower imports”
Power Minister Piyush Goyal, at an IEEMA event, said that the industry needs to innovate and redesign equipment that can use the abundant domestic coal which has high fly ash content so as to reduce dependence on imports. “There is a need to become self-reliant and self-sufficient as we have to fight the competition on economic and fair terms… we need to develop boilers and other equipment that can use domestic coal,” he said. He said the country imports nearly USD 10 billion worth of electrical equipment and this needs to change.
Explaining the need to lower or end import dependence, he recalled how the nation’s defence preparedness was com- promised when a foreign government refused to part with defence equipment at a time when we needed it the most. “The Army’s surgical strike reminds me of the time when we were helpless after a country decided not to give us equipment that we needed and today we are dependent on some inimical countries for critical spares and equipment and if at any critical juncture, the power sector got crippled for lack of spares and adequate equipment, can we handle that?” he asked.
He also said that he has asked BHEL to redesign some boilers to take a larger intake of the high fly ash coal, rather than being dependent on cleaner coal from abroad.