The potential for coal use in Pakistan, CCC/83

The discovery during the 1990s of a substantial coalfield under the Thar desert in Pakistan has prompted a reassessment of the potential role of coal as a fuel. The coal is a lignite, with >45% water content, but mostly with an ash content of <10%. It could provide a fuel for coal-fired power generation, and possibly for other applications. In this report, the use of lignite worldwide is discussed, including its mining and upgrading. The possible use of coal as a fuel source is put in the context of the overall energy situation in Pakistan. Suggestions are made about the actions needed to facilitate the use of the Thar coal.


Title: The potential for coal use in Pakistan, CCC/83
Author(s): Gordon Couch
Reference: CCC/83
ISBN: ISBN: 92-9029-398-5
Publication Date: 01/04/2004
Pages: 39
Figures: 27
Tables: 7