India and Australia held the first Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting on Coal and Mines through Video conferencing yesterday. It is a precursor to the upcoming India-Australia Energy Dialogue scheduled to be held next month. The meeting was co-chaired by Additional Secretary in Ministry of Coal Vinod Kumar Tiwari from the Indian side and Head of Resources Division Paul Trotman from the Australian side.
In his opening remarks, Mr Tiwari provided overview of the coal sector in India and presented emerging scenario for future. He highlighted the priority areas to be included for possible collaborations in coal and mining sectors in both the countries.
The discussions focused on Indian coal resources in the present and future scenario, critical and strategic minerals-demand and supply scenario and engagements with Australian counterpart. They also discussed India Australia collaboration on Clean Coal Technology, Surface Coal Gasification, Coal Bed Methane, sharing of Technology deployed for fire quenching, Coal Based Hydrogen and Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage.
From the Indian side presentations were made on Resources, Technology, Sustainability and Business Opportunities. Presentations from the Australian side were made on Global Resources Strategy, Leveraging technologies and infrastructure to decarbonise energy and industry, Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage and trade and commodity relationship.