is a derivative of coking coal. It plays a very significant
role in the metallurgical process. Coke is the main source
of heat and is also the reducing agent required to facilitate
the conversion of metallurgical ores into metal during the
Coke production has traditionally been captive in the integrated
steel and pig iron plants. Hence there is no surplus for merchant
trading. Most of the coke oven batteries are located in the
eastern region of the country in proximity to steel units.
As a result, coke consumers in the western and southern regions
rely primarily on imported coke.
Coke also finds application in a number of other sectors such
as the cement industry, pit furnaces for small castings and
gas producers among others.