Indian Railways and GAIL sign an agreement for use of natural gas in railway applications

In order to replace industrial gases like dissolved acetylene, LPG, BMCG and furnace oil/high speed diesel (HSD) oil with environment friendly natural gas, Indian Railways has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with GAIL (India) Limited, to provide infrastructure facilities for supply of natural gas to Indian Railways workshops, production units and depots.

This MoU is a broad based, in principle agreement, between GAIL and Indian Railways for creation of infrastructure and supply of CNG/LNG/PNG for both industrial and domestic purposes. Out of 54 workshops and production units, 23 workshops have been identified in the first phase for replacement of industrial gases with natural gas. In domestic segment, in Railway colony, Bhubaneswar, about 1.100 houses have been provided with D-PNG supply.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Ashwani Lohani, Chairman Railway Board directed that all 23 workshops should start using natural gas by December 31, 2018, and further that all 54 workshops and production units should be covered by June 30, 2019. Chairman Railway Board further directed that all railway establishments, including base kitchens of IRCTC, all guest houses and hostels and Railway divisions should start using natural gas by June 30, 2019.

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