Royal Dutch Shell’s India unit on Tuesday announced the start of operation of its small-scale LNG supply with a truck-loading unit being inaugurated at its LNG import terminal at Hazira in Gujarat. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated the LNG truck-loading unit, the company and the oil ministry said in separate statements.
Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan said the unit will boost the availability of natural gas in off-grid areas where there are no gas pipelines and also promote the use of LNG in long-haul trucking.
The government is promoting the use of natural gas through various policy and regulatory reforms towards making India a gas-based economy by raising the share of gas in the nation’s primary energy mix to 15 per cent from the current 6.2 per cent.
Small-scale LNG can play an important role in realizing this target as it enhances clean energy access across the country.
Gas is traditionally transported through pipelines from gas fields or liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals. Trucking LNG to users has lately emerged as an option to take the fuel to small and stranded users.