Tata Motors helps win LNG truck fuel approval

Vol 20, PW 21 (13 Jul 17) Midstream & Downstream

Expect more trucks powered by LNG on Indian highways following a decision by India's road transportation ministry to give it the green light.

Last month (June 27) the ministry published an eight-page gazette notification entitled the Central Motor Vehicles (10th Amendment) Rules, 2017 firmly recognising LNG as a commercial fuel for vehicles alongside LPG and CNG. To ensure compliance with health and safety Nagpur-headquartered Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation has simultaneously been appointed the certifying and verifying authority for all cryogenic tanks, cylinders and shut-off valves fitted on LNG-fired vehicles in line with the Gas Cylinder Rules, 2004 or other international standards endorsed in India.

"Under these rules we've listed 13 safety checks," confirms a road ministry source, the same as those for cars using CNG." Tata Motors, which has lobbied hard for this approval with the Narendra Modi government, is undoubtedly pleased. Three years ago Tata launched Tata Prima 4032.

S LNG - the country's first and only LNG-fuelled truck. Tata is also working with IndianOil to set up a LNG corridor with re-fueling stations along highways from Gujarat to Kerala.

No doubt LNG as car fuel has high-level support. In March (2017) road minister Nitin Gadkari signed a pact with Petronet-LNG to promote it as a fuel for vehicles.

With a higher density than CNG, LNG allows for increased storage. Likewise, LNG cylinders are lighter than heavy steel CNG tanks.