Minister Pradhan celebrates first CNG mobile refueling unit in India
Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited’s (MNGL) five new natural gas fueling stations through video conference, which takes the company’s CNG stations to 100. The minister also presented the start of civil work at an LNG/CNG station in Pathardi (Maharashtra), CNG supply to buses in Nashik, and CNG distribution through a new mobile refueling unit in Pune, which will be the first of its kind in India.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Pradhan said that India is committed to achieve 15% share of natural gas in the primary energy mix by 2030 for a more sustainable energy use. This will help reduce environmental pollution, fulfil commitment to COP-21 climate change conference. He explained that greater use of natural gas will reduce dependence on fossil fuel and consequently reduce import bill. “Our energy transition roadmap will drive self-reliance and create large-scale employment,” he added.
“MNGL has taken pioneering initiative of placing mobile refueling unit for the first time in the country,” commented the minister.
Shri Pradhan also mentioned that foundation stone for India’s first 50 LNG stations spread across golden quadrilateral and all major national highways was laid recently. He said that the push on CNG/LNG infrastructure will bring investment in OEM sector, CGD equipment manufacture and transport sector, and will lead to creation of employment.