33,764 km natural gas pipeline network authorised by petroleum regulator: Govt

In a push for cleaner fuel, India’s petroleum regulator has authorised 33,764 km of natural gas pipeline network for the country’s gas grid.

According to a petroleum and natural gas ministry’s statement, minister of state Rameswar Teli in a written reply in the Lok Sabha said, “As on 31.03.2021, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has authorized approximately 33,764 Km Natural Gas Pipeline Network across the country with the aim to create a national gas grid and increase the availability of natural gas across the country.”

This comes in the backdrop of India’s push for a gas-based economy. The country consumes around 145 million standard cubic meters a day (mmscmd) of gas.

“The authorised Natural Gas pipeline entity is allowed to lay spurlines as per the provision of the regulations. Accordingly, 19,998 km of Natural Gas pipeline (including sub-transmission pipeline & tie in connectivity pipeline) are operational and 15,369 km are under various stages of construction,” as per the statement.

Gas comprises about 6.2% of India’s primary energy mix, far behind the global average of 24%. The government plans to increase this share to 15% by 2030. India’s gas demand is expected to be driven by the fertilizer, power, city gas distribution, and steel sectors. India’s energy demand is expected to grow at 4.2% per year over the next 25 years.

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