Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Hardeep Puri dedicates 201 CNG stations across 17 states


NEW DELHI: Taking a significan­t step towards building a Natural Gas-based economy as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday dedicated to the Nation 201 CNG stations across 17 states and India’s first small-scale LNG unit at Vijaipur (Madhya Pradesh).

The dedication of the stations was done through video conferenci­ng at a function here in the presence of Union Minister of State, Petroleum & Natural Gas Rameshwar Teli, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG) Pankaj Jain, Chairman and MD, GAIL (India) Limited, Sandeep Kumar Gupta, Additional Secretary, MoPNG Praveen Mal Khanooja, GAIL Director (Finance) R K Jain, Director (Projects) Deepak Gupta, Director (Marketing) Sanjay Kumar, Director (Business Developmen­t) R K Singhal and senior officials of oil and gas sector companies including CGD entities.

The 201 CNG stations dedicated to the Nation today have been set up by 15 City Gas Distributi­on (CGD) entities of GAIL group in 52 Geographic­al Areas (GAs) across 17 states while India’s first small-scale LNG unit has been set up by GAIL at its Vijaipur LPG plant.

Out of these 15 CGD entities, 53 stations belong to GAIL Gas Limited, 50 to Indraprast­ha Gas Limited, 43 to GAIL and 20 to Mahanagar Gas Limited. Moreover, four belong to Avantika Gas Limited, two to Bengal Gas Company Limited, three to Central UP Gas Limited, one to Goa Natural Gas Pvt. Limited, three to Green Gas Limited, one to Haridwar Natural Gas Limited, two to Purba Bharati Gas Limited, one to Rajasthan State Gas Pvt. Limited, one to Tripura Natural Gas Company Limited and one to Vadodara Gas Limited. These stations will promote the usage of CNG as a greener alternativ­e to convention­al fuels and make it available in newer areas.

After the completion of ongoing CGD developmen­t in GAs awarded under the 12th CGD bidding round of Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board, almost entire India’s population and geographic­al area will have access to Natural Gas. The total number of CNG stations across the country has gone up to more than 6,200 while the number of domestic Piped Natural Gas (PNG) connection­s stands at around 1.21 crore. GAIL group companies account for 40 per cent CNG stations and 64 per cent PNG connection­s in the country.

In accordance with the continuous innovation undertaken in the natural gas value chain, GAIL has set up India’s first small-scale LNG unit at its Vijaipur LPG plant. This SSLNG technology has the potential to play a crucial role in connecting the isolated sources and consumers which are yet to be connected to the Natural Gas Pipeline Network. Today’s dedication ceremony is an important step in making the environmen­t friendly and convenient fuel Natural Gas available to the transport sector and households in more areas of the country. Natural Gas in also safer and economical as compared to most convention­al fuels.

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