• India to promote LNG as fuel for vehicles: Pradhan

    The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said that the government wants to promote LNG as a fuel for vehicles.

    “Efforts are being made to have LNG-driven bus in Kerala very soon. Long-haul driven vehicles and trains will also adopt LNG as fuel,” Pradhan said at a media briefing here on Thursday.

    The country’s LNG handling capacity is being enhanced from 21 mmt to 50 mmt. In Eastern India, the government is laying 2,500 km long pipeline, which will provide gas to industry and help in gas distribution in seven cities of Eastern India, he added.

    The Minister said the share of gas in the Indian energy basket is 6.5-7 per cent, but India aspires to take the share of gas to 15 per cent in the next three to five years so as to have a new gas-based economy.

    In this regard, 80 lakh connections have been provided under the Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojana to BPL women and target of 1.5 crore will be achieved this year. The country will zoom from BS IV to BS VI by 2020 so as to have clean fuel. He said there is a large scope of energy efficiency in Indian refineries.

    On the issue of 2G Ethanol, Pradhan said that public sector companies are setting up 11 plants to manufacture 2G Ethanol.

    Pradhan was speaking after an MoU signing event between PetroFed and TERI to undertake a study on climate change’s impact on oil and gas sector. The study called “Climate Change Risks: Preparedness for Oil and Gas Sector”, will evaluate how global markets and technological options are likely to change as a result of global climate policy measures.

    The study will suggest suitable measures for the sector to achieve India’s INDC target of reducing emission intensity of GDP by 33-35 per cent below the levels in 2005 by 2030. It will further highlight how the global market and technological options are likely to change as a result of global climate policy measures; and how the 1.5 degree and 2 degree scenarios of global warming are likely to affect the infrastructure and operations in different climatic zones of India, an official statement said.

    Pradhan said Cop 21 will come into effect soon and it is important for the country to know the effects of greenhouse gases and ways to control them. He said that this study will provide important inputs for future strategy on oil and gas infrastructure development. Chad Johnson Womens Jersey

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