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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) would start producing gas from coal at its Angul plant from May 15, said the company's chairman Naveen Jindal on Wednesday.

"We hope the coal-to-gas project at Angul will be commissioned from May 15. This kind of project is first of its kind in the world," Jindal told mediapersons after meeting Chief Secretary and Mines Secretary at State Secretariat here.

Sources said the plant would produce 225,000 Nm3/hr synthetic gas.

The company has made an investment of Rs 21,000 crore to set up a 1.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) steel mill and an 810-MW power plant in the first phase.

It has signed an agreement with Lurgi Technology Company, South Africa, for providing the technology for coal gasification.

The technology to be used in this plant offers practical means of utilising indigenous coal for meeting stringent environmental control requirements.

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