AG&P Pratham, which has the rights to supply natural gas to domestic, automotive and industrial consumers of some parts of Chennai, Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu, will move the gas from Indian Oil Corporation’s LNG importation-cum-regassification terminal at Ennore, to its ‘mother station’ at Sriperumbudur, by trucks.
AG&P is the city gas distribution arm of the Singapore-based AG&P group. It has won rights to supply natural gas to 12 ‘geographical areas’ across 35 districts in India, through theDecember 9, 2018 and February 10, 2019 ‘city gas distribution’ bidding rounds organised by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board.
The company, which has said it would invest ₹10,000 crore in India over the next four years, has begun operations first in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, and Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, by setting up compressed natural gas stations for supply to automobiles. Last week, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M K Stalin, laid the foundation for the mother station at Sriperumbudur.
The availability of natural gas, a cleaner and cheaper fuel, would be a boon to the Sriperumbudur-Oragadam region, home to many factories such as Hyundai, Saint Gobain, Renault-Nissan, Apollo Tyres and Royal Enfield. These industries currently use fuels such as LPG, furnace oil and diesel in their factories.