Indian Petroleum Minister to promote compressed biogas as alternative fuel

The Union Petroleum Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan will launch the Sustainable Alternative towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiative in New Delhi on October 1, 2018, on the penultimate day of the ongoing Swachhta Hi Seva campaign.

The Minister will launch the initiative with the PSU Oil Marketing Companies, inviting Expression of Interest (EoI) from potential entrepreneurs to set up Compressed Bio-Gas (CBG) production plants and make available the biogas in the market for use in automotive fuels.

The SATAT initiative is aimed at providing a sustainable alternative towards affordable transportation as a developmental effort that would benefit vehicle-users as well as farmers and entrepreneurs.

Key benefits of the SATAT Initiative:

  • The move is expected to boost the availability of more affordable transport fuels and enable better use of agricultural residue, cattle dung and municipal solid waste.
  • It is expected to pave the way for efficient municipal solid waste management and help in tackling the problem of polluted urban air due to farm stubble-burning and carbon emissions.
  • It will boost entrepreneurship, rural economy and employment and provide an additional source of revenue to farmers.
  • It will also help achieve the nation’s climate change goals and bring down the dependency on natural gas and crude oil imports and act as a buffer against crude oil and gas price fluctuations.
  • The Compressed Bio-Gas networks can be integrated with city gas distribution (CGD) networks to boost supplies to domestic and retail users in existing and upcoming markets.
  • Besides retailing from OMC fuel stations, Compressed Bio-Gas can at a later date be injected into CGD pipelines too for efficient distribution and optimized access of a cleaner and more affordable fuel.
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