April 22, 2021. The Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) plans to open 15 retail stations supplying compressed natural gas (CNG) in Coimbatore district in this financial year, out of which two were opened recently.
IOCL sources said that the two retail outlets were opened at Gandhi Managar and Sulur on April 19 to supply CNG for automobiles. Being a greener and more efficient alternative to existing vehicle fuels, the public will now have an option of using CNG for their vehicles. These facilities will refill fuel for vehicles powered by natural gas as well as petrol which are retrofitted with a CNG kit, the sources said.
At present, the CNG supply for the two retail outlets are being carried out using cascades (gas cylinders), which are mounted on light commercial vehicles and are transported by road. This is an interim measure as IOCL is currently constructing a steel pipeline network in various parts of the district to bring piped gas connectivity to industries, commercial and domestic customers, which is expected to be completed by June.
Construction works for a City Gate Station to supply CNG and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) is under way at Pichanur near Madukkarai. Through this City Gas Distribution (CGD) project, about 9.1 lakh households would receive domestic PNG connections in a span of eight years, the IOCL sources noted.
According to a press release, the IOCL is developing City Gas Distribution (CGD) networks in Coimbatore and Salem districts and will be providing over 1.200.000 PNG connections to domestic households and 431 CNG stations for vehicle refilling in the two districts over a period of eight years.