Trivandrum: Union Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, today inaugurated the first pilot run of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fuelled bus at Thiruvananthapuram in the presence of Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan and other dignitaries at a gathering of oil and gas industry professionals.
Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister said, “The launch of the bus with LNG as fuel heralds the start of eco-friendly long-haul commercial vehicles in the country. This is the beginning of a new era of gas-based transportation in Kerala”.
He also complimented the Petronet LNG Ltd. (PLL), Indian Oil and Tata Motors for working together as a team to lay the foundation for the trial run of the LNG bus in India.
The LNG fuelled bus was brought to PLL Kochi LNG Terminal for LNG filling. The LNG fuel tank was provided by US based Chart Industries. As it is a pilot project, the LNG fuelled bus would run on trial basis before it can be certified for commercial application.
Kerala has a very important role to play in development of Hydrocarbon sector. Besides the refinery expansion project at Kochi, two other projects LPG import terminal at Kochi and a POL terminal at Payyannur are also being implemented. These projects would give a boost to Petroleum sector in the state economy. There are nine terminals / depots, seven LPG bottling plants, and eight Aviation fuel stations located in the State to meet the demand of Petroleum product of different segments of consumers.
Indian Oil has planned to set up five CNG stations at Ernakulum by March 2017 and would provide Piped Natural Gas (PNG) to 4,000 households. The PNG connections would increase to 41,000 by 2020. The company has finalized an arrangement with KSRTC for setting up an integrated fuel complex at various KSRTC Depots in the State having provision to dispense different fuels including LNG and LCNG to vehicles.
Later, in the meeting with Kerala CM, the Union Minister sought assistance from the State for the development of petroleum sector in the state. He asked to provide necessary assistance to GAIL which would expedite the laying of Kochi – Koottanad – Bangalore / Mangaluru Pipeline. He also requested the Government of Kerala to withdraw the recently introduced VAT on LNG.
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