New Delhi, November 19: We plan to have 1,000 LNG fuel stations will be established across all major highways, industrial corridors and mining sectors in next three years, said Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan here on Thursday.
The Minister was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony for India’s first-50 LNG fuel stations that would come up across the golden quadrilateral and major National Highways through video conference.
“This is yet another historic milestone in our efforts to transform India into a gas-based economy. We are committed to strengthen the natural gas infrastructure to increase the availability and accessibility of clean fuels in the country. We plan to have 1,000 LNG fuel stations to be established across all major highways, industrial corridors and mining sectors,” said Pradhan.
The Minister said that these 15 LNG stations will be set up and commissioned in partnership by the country’s oil and gas majors such as Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, HPCL, GAIL (India) Limited, Petronet LNG Limited, Gujarat Gas Limited and their Joint Venture companies and subsidiaries.
“Even if LNG vehicle segment achieve 10% market share, it will have a positive impact on reducing emissions and substituting crude. LNG as a heavy vehicle fuel can also generate new gas demand, which will be significant in increasing the share of natural gas to 15% in our energy mix,” added the Union Minister.