After the successful run of CNG based busses and transport, India is now looking at LNG (imported natural gas in liquid form) as an alternate fuel to run busses.
A successful example of public private partnership (PPP) was exhibited in the country on Wednesday, where in a joint effort of Petronet LNG Limited (PLL), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd and Tata Motors Ltd, LNG was established and introduced as a fuel in commercial vehicles in the state capital of Kerala. Announcing the initiative, an LNG fueled bus was launched in Kerala on November 9 by the Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan. The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan was also present at the occasion at Thiruvananthapuram where host of dignitaries and oil and gas industry professionals were also present.
It was amazing to witness an this Bus was brought to PLL Kochi LNG Terminal for LNG filling.
While Tata Motors along with PLL and Indian OIL have jointly undertaken this initiative on a pilot basis, the LNG fuel tank has provided by M/s Chart Industries of USA. As it is a pilot project, the LNG-driven bus will run on trial basis before it can be certified for commercial application.
Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan complemented the people of Kerala for the beginning of a new era of gas-based transportation in the State of Kerala.
The LNG fuelled bus is being launched as part of a plan of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to use LNG directly for mass transportation and to reduce carbon emissions in the Country simultaneously generating savings. The launch also coincided with the fourth meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) holding Transport portfolios.
Petroleum ministry officials said that LNG is greener as well as more economical as compared to Diesel. LNG is more suitable for heavy duty segment like Trucks and Buses. The Government of India has already announced that it is planning to use LNG, which is cheaper than diesel, as a fuel for Railways and long-haul transportation. The KSRTC, which has a fleet of 6,000 buses, has already announced plans to use natural gas.
LNG is an environmentally friendly fuel with less number of NOx, SOx and particulate matters as compared to any other automotive fuel. Co2 emission is also lesser than Diesel. Introduction of LNG in transport segment will also help India to meet its COP21 commitment.
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) have already released draft notifcation for use of LNG as an automotive fuel. Final notification is expected to be released soon. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO) have formed an expert committee to form regulations for installation of LNG Fuel tank and dispensing stations, which is also expected to be released at an early date.
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