Green Gas wants more gas for Lucknow

Vol 14, PW 4 (12 Aug 10) Midstream & Downstream

Green Gas has asked the oil ministry for 110,700 cm/d of subsidised gas for Uttar Pradesh state capital Lucknow, where it is gearing up to begin first piped gas supplies this month.

Green Gas currently has a subsided gas allocation of 100,000 cm/d for Lucknow, which can only be sold as CNG to vehicles or as piped gas to households. “Given our rapidly growing CNG and PNG (piped natural gas) customer base in Lucknow,” says Green Gas, “we could be selling our total (100,000 cm/d) gas allocation by December.

But we also want to begin supplying piped gas to factories and businesses. Domestic supplies are uncertain so we’ll probably get a ‘fallback’ allocation of D6 gas.

” As an alternative to additional domestic supplies, Green Gas is trying to secure R-LNG for Lucknow from GAIL. “We have written to GAIL and they seem willing to sell us R-LNG,” says Green Gas.

“We could have a firm agreement in place in about two months.” Green Gas plans to begin its first piped gas supplies to Lucknow on August 20 to commercial customer Mahomed Bagh Club, a sprawling sports club.

“This is a large and prestigious customer,” we hear. On July 27 (last month), Green Gas laid the foundation stone for a ‘District Regulatory System’ (DRS) in the Lucknow Cantonment Area.

This system will lower the pressure of gas in the network from 19-bar to 4-bar for commercial customers and 0.12-bar for households. Green Gas is also laying 6-km of thick plastic pipe from this DRS to customers inside Lucknow.

By the end of March 2011, Green Gas hopes to have 5000 customers connected to this DRS and drawing up to 2700 cm/d of gas. Another DRS is planned near Amausi airport just outside the Lucknow city gate station.

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