Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel laid the foundation stone for the first 50 LNG fueling stations, part of a plan to develop 1,000 stations within the next three years on all major roads, industrial hubs and mining areas. The Government will set up the 50 stations at the distance of 200-300 km on golden quadrilateral and major national highways. In addition, about 800,000-1,000,000 LNG-powered vehicles are expected by 2035.
According to Shri Pradhan, a well-thought strategy is being implemented to meet Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of transforming India into a gas based economy.
The government has identified LNG as the transport fuel of the future and as a priority area considering the multiple benefits in terms of reduction of vehicle pollution, savings in the country’s import bill and broad advantages for fleet operators, automakers and other entities of the gas sector. In this regard, a long-term plan is being drawn up to promote the use of LNG and vehicle adaptation and development by OEMs are already underway.
The 50 LNG stations will be set up and commissioned in partnership with the country’s oil and gas majors such as IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, GAIL, PLL, Gujarat Gas and their joint venture companies and subsidiaries. Out of these 50 stations, IOCL will build 20, while BPCL and HPCL will set up 11 each.
Shri Pradhan explained that the government is working to meet the commitment made by the Prime Minister in COP-21 to reduce pollution. He said that the Government will continue to promote CNG, EVs, LPG, but at the same time, LNG as long-haul fuel will be pushed. In addition, he informed 20-25 MMSCMD equivalent LNG will come to India, thus reducing the country’s dependence on crude oil.
Source: Government of India