Positron to start gas by truck sales in Gujarat

Vol 17, PW 25 (31 Jul 14) Midstream & Downstream

Positron Energy has big dreams for its gas by truck business in Gujarat.

Better known as an energy consultant, Ahmedabad-based Positron received a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board on July 16 to begin selling gas in cylinders mounted on trucks in the Panchmahal and Sanand areas of Gujarat and 'union territories' of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. Named after a sub-atomic particle, Positron employs more than 25 people and already sells 20,000 cm/d of CBM gas to businesses in Jharkhand since 2009 with Mumbai-based cylinder manufacturer Everest Kanto Cylinders through JV Calcutta Compressions & Liquefaction (CC&L).

"The PNGRB has now given us permission to move ahead in Gujarat,” confirms Positron. “If we can do this in Jharkhand then why not in Gujarat” Positron will initially begin with three 5000 cubic metre capacity trucks, expanding later if demand picks up.

“We are talking to GAIL, GSPC, Petronet-LNG and others,” we hear. “But we haven’t signed Heads of Agreement yet.

” Positron believes it can easily source R-LNG in Gujarat, unlike the erratic supplies it receives from ONGC's Jharia CBM field in Jharkhand. Another challenge in Jharkhand has been customer preference for cheap coal.

In Gujarat customers understand the benefits of using gas, the firm believes.