The government is looking at blending biogas with natural gas to boost domestic availability of biofuels and cut reliance on imports, Oil Secretary Tarun Kapoor said on Monday. “The gas distribution sector is expanding fast and some percentage has to come from bio sources. They cannot be completely (dependent) on LNG or domestic gas, that scope is anyway limited,” he said at a webinar on World Biofuel Day.
The plan for biogas follows a move to mix ethanol extracted from sugarcane with petrol and doping diesel with biodiesel extracted from non-edible oil.
Kapoor said India is an agricultural economy largely and there is a large amount of agricultural residues available, providing good scope of producing biofuels.
There are three biofuels – ethanol, bio-diesel, and biogas extracted from biomass.