Gujarat Gas and Petronet-LNG to run LNG buses

Vol 21, PW 1 (05 Oct 17) Midstream & Downstream

In the not too distant future your bus journey in Gujarat is likely to be fuelled not by CNG but by LNG.

If all goes well BSE-listed Gujarat Gas and Petronet-LNG will launch 20 LNG-fired buses by the middle of 2018 and are setting up two LNG dispensing stations at Bharuch in central Gujarat and at Rajkot in western Gujarat. "Last month we sent our application with drawings of two proposed LNG dispensing stations to PESO (Nagpur-based Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation) for approval," Gujarat Gas CEO Nitin Patil told this report after the company's 5th Annual General Meeting at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar on September 28.

"Now we are awaiting PESO approval. After that we will float open tenders to set up the stations." Constructing the stations, he adds, is likely to take six months.

When done, expect 20 LNG-fired buses to run on busy routes from Surat to Ahmedabad and Ahmedabad to Rajkot. This project follows a MoU signed on May 31 by Gujarat Gas and Petronet-LNG to market LNG as fuel.

It follows a decision by the road transport ministry in June to recognise LNG as a commercial fuel for vehicles alongside LPG and CNG. Gujarat Gas will provide land for the stations while Petronet-LNG will supply its 'Taral' brand LNG from Dahej.

Petronet-LNG will also fit the buses, manufactured by Tata Motors.

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