Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurates India’s first Liquefied Natural Gas plant in Nagpur

India’s first LNG facility plant has been set up by Baidyanath Ayurvedic Group on Kamptee Road near Nagpur-Jabalpur Highway.

LNG Plant in Nagpur
LNG Plant in Nagpur

The Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on July 11, 2021, inaugurated India’s first private Liquefied Natural Gas (LPG) plant in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

India’s first LNG facility plant has been set up by Baidyanath Ayurvedic Group on Kamptee Road near Nagpur-Jabalpur Highway.

At the inauguration of the plant, the Union Minister emphasized the significance of alternate biofuels for the diversification of agriculture towards the power and energy sector.

He also informed that the Central Government has been promoting Electric, Ethanol, LNG, and CNG gas as an alternative to conventional fuels.

Significance of LNG:

•   The Liquefied Natural Gas is a clean and cost-effective fuel that is capable of decreasing logistics costs.

•   LNG has the potential of creating ample of job opportunities.

•   It is the fuel of the future and has the capability of revolutionizing the transport sector.

Government’s plan on alternative fuels:

The Union Minister, during the inauguration of the LNG plant, said that the Central Government has been spending Rs. 8 lakh crores for the import of petrol diesel, and petroleum products which is a major challenge.

He added that the policy has been designed that encourages the development of imports substitute cost-effective pollution-free and indigenous ethanol, LNG, bio CNG, and hydrogen fuels. The Ministry has also been constantly working on different alternative fuels.

Gadkari pointed that India produces surplus rice and sugar and suggested that the surplus of such products can be used to make biofuels. Experiments by researchers were also carried out for producing bioethanol from these agricultural products which have succeeded.

Policy for mandatory installation of flex engines:

The Union Minister underlined the significance of ‘Flex engines’ which are capable of using both Ethanol and Petrol for transportation.

He informed that the policy is under consideration for the mandatory installation of flex engines by automobile manufacturers, both two and four-wheelers, in the country.

Countries such as Canada, Brazil, USA already have them. The cost of the vehicle will also remain the same whether it is a Flex engine or petrol.

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