Union Minister for Oil and Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday dedicated the CNG 201 stations across the nation to the Nation GAIL group.
Pradhan also inaugurated the start of PNG supply at Jhansi and Mobile Fuel Units (MRU) to supply vehicles to Raigad.
The Union Minister contacted the family of PNG consumers in Jhansi, who were happy with the PNG supply which is happier and cheaper at home.
Pradhan also had exchanges with MRU operators in Raigad and Delhi and saw that the CNG was being met in the vehicle through the MRU. The MRUs inaugurated today are owned by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) and Mahanagar Gas Limited.
Pradhan said so far CNG stations and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) were only available in metro cities and said the Government’s efforts are reaching cities across the country.
The Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to the cause of climate change mitigation and his efforts have given the world leadership and improved India’s position in the world.
Pradhan added that bringing innovation in energy retail is not only a business decision, it is in line with the PM’s vision for a greener future.
He also spoke about the efforts made by the Prime Minister to improve the ease of living for the people and said that today’s inauguration is another step towards a greener future and a twin goal to improve the ease of living for the people.
Affirming that the future of the fuel retail trade is mobile, they talked about various measures to boost this ecosystem, including the establishment of CNG facilities for mobile supply.
He also explained the advantages of retailing of mobile fuel, including cost advantages and benefits to reach consumers in shopping malls, offices and other places. He also said that in the future, the exchange of mobile batteries should also be considered.
“We are bringing innovation in energy retail and turning it into mobile and delivering on the threshold,” Pradhan added.
Pradhan said India is committed to achieving 15% of natural gas in its first gas blend by 2030, a more sustainable use of energy that will help reduce environmental pollution, in line with its commitment to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference or COP-21. Increased use of natural gas will reduce dependence on fossil fuels and reduce import bills and dependence on imports, he added.
Pradhan said the ministry should take in cleaner, greener fuels and encourage greater use of, among other things, hydrogen, CBG, ethanol blended gasoline (EBP) and LNG. He noted that the IOCL hydrogen distribution station will soon be launched at its refinery and in Vadodara.
India has launched a pilot project for the production and distribution of ethanol across the country and is committed to meeting the 2025 per cent blended target in gasoline by 2025.
Pradhan said the City Gas Distribution (CGD) sector has emerged as the main sector for natural gas consumption. Demand will increase as more GAs operate. CGD entities worked hard over the next 7-8 years to reach 10,000 CNG stations and 5 million PNG connections.
They said there is a need to convert diesel / petrol vehicles to CNG / LNG to ensure lower emissions and a cleaner environment. In this direction, the Mobile Fuel Unit (MRU) will help to obtain CNG supply in areas that are not yet connected by pipelines or in areas where there is a shortage of land for the installation of conventional LNG stations. It can store 1,500 kg of GNK and can carry between 150 and 200 vehicles a day. They stressed the need to accelerate the implementation of more MRUs in the country in order to increase the mobility of fuel availability in various countries.
Pradhan stressed that the government’s goal is to move to the concept of energy retailer, where all the different transport fuels (hydrogen, diesel, gasoline, GNC / CBG, LNG or EV battery exchange facilities will be available at a single point).
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