June 5, 2020. In a public notice, India’s Petroleum Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has announced that any entity can set up a liquefied natural gas (LNG) station in any geographical area, even if it is not the authorized entity for that area. This clarification by the PNGRB has been wholeheartedly welcomed by PLL management.
PLL, the largest LNG infrastructure company of India, would like to facilitate LNG dispensing infrastructure across the country on major national highways and invites OMCs, CGD entities, or any interested parties to partner up for this project.
Petronet’s MD & CEO Prabhat Singh said “PLL in its endeavor to contribute towards vision of Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and relentless efforts of Honorable Cabinet Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan of making India a gas based economy is putting in all efforts to promote LNG as a cleaner, greener and economic automotive fuel for medium and heavy commercial vehicles in the country.”
In these efforts, PLL has already launched its first commercially registered LNG fueled buses and LNG dispensing stations at its Dahej and Kochi Terminals. These buses are deployed for commuting PLL employees between their residence and workplace. They demonstrate the safety of LNG as an automotive fuel and provide a travel range of 900 km in a single filling. PLL is already developing LNG dispensing infrastructure along Delhi-Mumbai highway and has already floated a tender. With this clarification of the PNGRB, PLL is encouraged to develop LNG dispensing infrastructure across the country.
According to PLL, LNG has the potential to reduce the fuel bill of fleet operators by approximately 25%, and India’s import bill by 30 – 40%, compared to the costs associated with crude oil based fuel.