Indian oil companies to put up LNG filling stations for trucks

Leading oil marketing companies such as Petronet LNG Ltd., Indian Oil Corporation, BPCL and the like have huddled together to put up close to twenty liquefied natural gas (LNG) filling stations on various national highways to provide for LNG fed truck transport movement following instruction from the government, says Finance Director of Petronet LNG Ltd., Mr. V K Mishra adding that tenders would be issued for this purpose in next 15 days.

Addressing a Conference on “City Gas Distribution in India” under aegis of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Mishra clarified that this association of oil marketing companies have fructified on a pilot project base to feed roughly 5.000 trucks with LNG on leading five national highways, beginning 2019.

“Following its successful experiment, this exercise would have a repeat in subsequent year of 2020 for another estimated 5,000 trucks that can run on national highways on LNG with a fuel cost saving of nearly 25% as well effectively addressing the issue of fuel pollution”, said Mr. Mishra.

According to him, the necessary permission to put up such LNG distribution centre on national highways has already been given since the government has asked the oil marketing companies to put up such stations to attack the twin issues of fuel cost savings as well sufficiently addressing the issue pertaining to increasing fuel pollution.

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