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Compressed biogas to beat petrol & diesel by giving 30% better mileage by 2023

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Poised to bring about revolution in fuel efficiency, Compressed biogas (CBG) priced at Rs 46 per kilo under Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) will give 30% better mileage in vehicles as compared to petrol and diesel.

To be produced from paddy straw and cow dung, CBG is set to invade the Indian markets by 2023. This was stated by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas director Vijay Sharma and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation marketing director S Jeyakrishnan while holding a road show for the stake holders at Chandigarh on Saturday.

The road show has been organized for inviting the expression of interest from the incumbents with an intend to install a plant for producing CBG in Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana. Apart from Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) IOCL, BPCL and HPCL, the road show was also attended by state officials representing Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA), Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) and New and Renewable Energy Department, Haryana.

Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas driector Vijay Sharma said SATAT envisions to establish 5,000 CBG plants across the country with an estimated CBG production of 15 MMT/annum by 2023. SATAT initiative also complements other initiatives such as Swatch Bharat Abhiyan and Make in India, promoted by Government of India, he added.

Sharma, said, "CBG introduction in transport sector has multiple benefits such as waste management, reduction in carbon emissions, additional revenue source for farmers, boost to entrepreneurship and rural economy by the way of generating employment opportunities. Promoting CBG in transport sector would bring about revolution in better fuel efficiency by 30% as compared to petrol land diesel. A taxi driven on petrol on average costs Rs 5 to Rs 6 per kilometer whereas if driven on CBG will cost Rs 3 per kilometer." S Jeyakrishnan, on behalf of OMCs, said the latter are committed to support the nation with indigenous fuel production and reduce its import dependency.

The viability of a plant costing Rs 35 crore producing CBG from paddy straw requires 30,000 tons of paddy straw per day to produce 12.5 tons of CBG daily. 

Author: Sustainability Outlook Desk
Country: India
Industry Term: Biomass biogas fossil fuel dependency
Organization: PEDA