Torrent Gas re-starts work in most of its areas

Vol 23, PW 15 (04 Jun 20) Midstream & Downstream

Torrent owner Sudhir Mehta's son Jinal Mehta undoubtedly made an impact.

This report learns the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) has streamlined the approval process for newly constructed CNG stations, allowing them to begin selling gas pending formal approval within three months. Torrent Power managing director Jinal Mehta made this suggestion during an April 16 video conference with oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other CGD operators.

As a result, Torrent Gas has commissioned ten new CNG stations since May 17: two in Sangareddy in Telangana; two in Junagadh in Gujarat; two in Kota in Rajasthan and one each in Kanpur Dehat, Mau, Basti and Gorakhpur, all in Uttar Pradesh. "Our focus was to restart or commission as many CNG stations as possible," says a well-placed source, "to generate revenue right away."

Torrent resumed setting up retail gas networks in seven states and one union territory soon after the government announced its latest lockdown relaxations, effective from early May. These are Telangana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Puducherry.

Torrent is also completing City Gate Stations (CGS) at nine locations: one at Sangareddy in Telangana; three at Pune in Maharashtra; one at Kota in Rajasthan; one at Patiala in Punjab; and one each in Gorakhpur, Kanpur and Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh. "These stations are at the heart of any CGD network just as steel pipelines are its arteries," comments our source.