Leading oil marketing companies have huddled together to put up close to 20 LNG stations on various national highways to provide for LNG fed truck transport movement, following instruction from the government, according to VK Mishra, Director (Finance), Petronet LNG. Tenders would be issued for this purpose in the next 15 days.
Addressing a conference on ‘City Gas Distribution in India’ under aegis of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi, 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 five leading 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 per cent as well effectively addressing the issue of fuel pollution,” said 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.
In addition, the higher element of efficiency would also be brought in with large number of trucks running on national highways with LNG as it is deemed to be a cleaner fuel with virtually no element of pollution in it, pointed out Mishra.
In order to broad base the exercise of running trucks on LNG fuel and subsequently passenger buses also on the same fuel on national highways, the oil companies have already asked the truck manufacturers to accordingly make such trucks as can be fuelled with cheaper and cleaner fuel such as LNG.