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UK-Pakistan Coal Conference
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University of Leeds, UK

Under the Energy, technology and Innovation Initiative an International Conference focused on the key aspects of Pakistani coal utilization including-combustion, power generation, coal mining, gasification and synfuel production was convened jointly by HEC and British Council (Tuesday 3rd-Thursday 5th July 2012) at the University of Leeds, UK, in which Dr. Mohammad Bilal Khan Principal CES was invited to present a keynote paper and chair the session. The NUST paper highlighted the unique opportunity of converting coal into liquid fuels and thus bringing coal to the internal combustion engine platform through the production of high cetane no clean liquid fuel. The Conference allowed good networking during which mutual understanding was developed with UK counter parts in the area of Mining Engineering and Geotechnical Modeling and Simulation, which will be further strengthened through reciprocal visits and defining joint collaborative projects.

There was a good mix of academic and industrial delegates from both the UK and Pakistan with interest in developing the industries all together 21 papers were presented in the various subject areas. The Conference achieved its objectives to increase academic collaboration between UK and Pakistan and encourage industrial contact with the UK to develop coal and power industries in Pakistan. Pakistan has a major shortage in power availability and that has an effect on economic and social development. Currently less than 1 % of electricity is generated from coal in Pakistan and government has an aim to develop the 175 billion tones of coal that remains unexploited in Thar Pakistan. The participants from Pakistan were offered a visit of Drax power plant in the vicinity which produces 4000 MW electricity from coal. The plant consists of six boilers, 5 turbines, a generator and 6 cooling towers. Powdered coal, biomass or coal blends are picked by powerful stream of hot air from the primary air fan and carried to the burners to produce clean electricity by passing the flue gases through the desulphurization plant and electrostat c precipitators.