The Government is facilitating use of natural gas, including Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a clean fuel to tackle the menace of air pollution in the country. In a way forward, Petronet LNG (PLL) alongwith M/s Tata Motors and Indian Oil Corporation Limited have carried out a test run of an LNG fueled bus on November 8, 2016 in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).
The project is at pilot stage and its commercial operation based on LNG fuel depends upon success of pilot project and subsequent requisite clearances.
The Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoP&NG) has taken an initiative to explore the possibility of usage of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a transportation fuel in Road Transport sector. MoP&NG has requested Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO) to frame relevant safety guidelines for LNG usage for automobile. Accordingly, PESO, has constituted an expert committee, comprising of a Chairperson, a Member-Secretary and 10 Members to make recommendations in respect of the following -
(i) For amendment in Gas Cylinders Rules, 2004 regarding LNG container for automotive application.
(ii) For amendment in the Static and Mobile Pressure Vessels (Unfired) [SMPV (U)] Rules, 1981 for setting up of LNG dispensing stations.
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