A key Adani executive has highlighted the importance of coal-fired generation to India as the company works towards exporting first coal from its Carmichael project in Queensland in 2021.
Adani Group ports and special economic zone chief executive officer Karan Adani said thermal coal imports were expected to double in India by 2030.
The company believed imported coal from Australia would play a key role in powering India’s future economic growth, displacing lower-quality coals from other jurisdictions, he said.
“The fact remains that up to 280 million Indians still do not have access to reliable electricity, and as a country we are adding the equivalent of an Australian population every 20 months, which is why thermal coal remains a vital component of our energy system,” he said.
“Coal-fired power generation accounts for around 75 per cent of electricity generated in India, and India will add 47,855MW of new coal-fired generation from 2017-22, and a further 46,420 MW of coal-fired generation from 2022-27.”
Mr Karan said Adani had entered the Australian market almost a decade ago and to date had invested more than $3 billion in its mine, rail, port and renewable energy assets there.
“While our journey in Australia to date hasn’t all been smooth sailing, the future is bright for our businesses there and we are incredibly proud of the relationships we have built with our local communities and business partners,” he said.
Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan said the latest edition of the World Energy Outlook, released by the International Energy Agency in Paris, highlighted the growth in demand for energy in India and developing countries in Asia.
It showed ongoing demand for coal despite the rising use of renewable energy and a fall in coal demand from the United States and China, he said.
“India is set to double its own coal production by 2040, however the increase will not be enough to meet growth in demand and India will overtake China as the world’s biggest coal importer by the mid-2020s,” he said.