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GAIL takes lead in developing Indian corporate vision on tackling climate change

Partners with TERI to develop document to be released in Paris during COP21

New Delhi, November 5, 2015: GAIL (India) Limited, the country’s premier natural gas company, has partnered with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), a leading energy and sustainability think tank, to develop a document which outlines the Indian corporate vision on various aspects of tackling climate change and aligning the vision with Government schemes in this direction.

The draft of the document titled “Delhi to Paris: Corporate Vision on Climate Change” was presented during the National Seminar for Corporate Vision on Climate Change organized here by TERI-CBS (Council for Business Sustainability). The final document will be launched at India Pavilion of Conference of Parties (COP) 21 to be held in Paris later this month. It will be attended by Heads of States and Governments across the globe including Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

 

For the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, the COP21 Climate Summit conference will aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate to keep global warming below 2oC.

 

As a responsible corporate citizen, GAIL acted as Chapter lead for ‘Improving Efficiency of Energy Use’ and provided inputs towards preparation and participated in meetings, webinars and consultations.

 

In a special address during the seminar, Hon’ble Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu said, “While the government provides air cover, corporates are the foot soldiers with their ideas and technologies towards mitigation and adaptation to the new reality of climate change.” Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar hailed the convergence of all corporates and called the abridged version of the vision document the ‘Corporate Environment Responsibility Document.’

 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ashutosh Karnatak, Director (Projects) & Chairman of Sustainable Development Committee of GAIL, shared various initiatives in the area by the company and how natural gas as one of the cleaner fossil fuels has been instrumental in achieving better energy efficiencies for industry.

 

He also mentioned that going forward, GAIL would like to play a leading role in collaborating with other Oil & Gas industry players for making a positive impact of the sector in respect of sustainability and climate change. As Chapter lead, GAIL propagated that natural gas, an environmentally benign alternative fuel, can act as a bridge fuel as India gears up for the transition from polluting coal and oil to renewables.

 

Photo caption: Dr. Ashutosh Karnatak, Director (Projects), GAIL (second from left) speaking at the National Seminar for Corporate Vision on Climate Change

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Jharkhand Government and GAIL sign Gas Cooperation Agreement

GCA to facilitate construction of Jagdishpur – Haldia Pipeline in the state
 
Steel and fertilizer plants at Bokaro and Sindri to be supplied Natural Gas
 
City Gas Distribution networks to be developed in Ranchi and Jamshedpur
Ranchi, October 15, 2015: Carrying forward the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to connect eastern India to the Natural Gas grid, the Government of Jharkhand and GAIL (India) Limited today signed a Gas Cooperation Agreement (GCA) for creation of Natural Gas and City Gas Distribution infrastructure, which will facilitate construction of “Urja Ganga” Jagdishpur – Haldia Pipeline project in the state.
 
The GCA was signed here in the presence of Shri Raghubar Das, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Jharkhand and Shri B C Tripathi, GAIL Chairman and Managing Director by Shri K Ravi Kumar, IAS, Director, Industries, Government of Jharkhand and Shri A K Jana, GAIL Executive Director (Marketing – Joint Venture & International Gas Sourcing). 
 
The Jagdishpur – Haldia Pipeline (JHPL) is slated to pass through six districts of Jharkhand, i.e., Bokaro, Giridih, Hazaribagh, Singhbhum, Ranchi and Dhanbad. It will have a total of 340 kms in the state, of which 174 kms will be mainline and 166 kms spurlines.
 
The pipeline can be used to provide Natural Gas as fuel to the Steel Authority of India plant in Bokaro, fertilizer plant at Sindri  which is under revival and proposed CGD networks in Ranchi and Jamshedpur. It is estimated that the Natural Gas demand in Jharkhand can reach 8.80 MMSCMD.
 
As part of the GCA signed today, GAIL and the Jharkhand Government will evaluate ways for cooperation in development of use of eco-friendly fuel Natural Gas and related infrastructure, promotion of Joint Venture for CGD projects and study various options to evaluate the energy demand (including for Natural Gas, LPG and other liquid hydrocarbons) in the state.
 
The Department of Industries of the Jharkhand Government shall coordinate grant of all necessary permissions and clearances required for development of Natural Gas, CGD, distribution infrastructure and associated facilities.
 
The GCA will also facilitate establishment of pipeline connectivity from the seven Coal Bed Methane (CBM) blocks awarded in the state to various consumption centres.
 
The 2,000 km-long JHPL, the ‘Energy Highway’ of Eastern India being constructed by GAIL, will carry eco-friendly Natural Gas to eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
 
GAIL, a Maharatna Public Sector Undertaking, is India’s premier Natural Gas company and operates 11,000 kms of pipelines. Its activities range from Gas Transmission and Marketing to Processing (for fractionating LPG, Propane, SBP Solvent and Pentane); transmission of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG); production and marketing of Petrochemicals like HDPE and LLDPE and leasing bandwidth in Telecommunications. The company has extended its presence in Power, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) re-gasification, City Gas Distribution and Exploration & Production through equity and joint venture participations.
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BHARAT HEAVY ELECTRICALs LIMITED (BHEL), HARIDWAR.

BHEL CFFP unit at Haridwar is involved in manufacturing of heavy industrial equipment. The manufacturing facility has a custom shop where manufacturing of large size castings and forgings of various types of alloy steels, creep-resistant steel(s) and supercritical grade steel is carried out. The GAIL (India) Limited team visited their site and critical observations were recorded.

Till date, this plant had been using LPG (Liquefied petroleum gas) and LDO (Light Diesel Oil), but now the plant has been made capable of using natural gas as a fuel. Post the change, remarkable differences in the amounts of fuel consumption and costs of using the fuels were observed. A high reduction in costs and  a massive 26% reduction in the carbon footprint are some of the benefits that came with the implementation of natural gas in their plants. Saving energy as well as money, with the same output, is the ideal situation for any plant, and natural gas makes that situation a reality.

Reductions in carbon emissions lead to better public health, resulting in more trees growing, fewer diseases and much more. This study shows that not only does the use of natural gas reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, it also reduces cost, resulting in a higher monetary saving, giving nothing but profit to your company. Now is the time to switch to natural gas.

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An Abundant Clean Source Of Energy – DesertSec

Every year, each square kilometer of the desert receives solar energy equivalent to 1.5 million barrels of oil. Multiplying by the area of deserts in Africa or in the world, this is several hundred times as much energy as the world uses in a year. What this means is that in Africa, countries like Algeria, Angola, Libya and Nigeria can move directly from being oil-rich to being solar-rich.

Desertec Africa is an organization who’s vision is to utilize the untapped potential of Africa. Desertec looks to harness the huge solar footprint Africa has and transform it into usable energy. There is enough sunlight falling on Africa’s deserts to power not only Africa and Europe but the whole world as well. They aim to switch the continents non-renewable based economy to solar energy, which is clean and renewable. There are many benefits of such a program; one of the main benefits is that it would directly stimulate struggling economies such as Nigeria and Chad and others. The project is based on utilizing an area that receives at least 2000 kWhs of sunlight per m2 and other stringent requirements. Once a location is deemed suitable, solar power plants would be installed based on existing CSP solar technology.

 

Excerpts and courtesy of Desertec-Africa

To know more about the project click here

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Ten Ways To Breathe Easier

Has pollution got you feeling down? Well here are a few tips to help escape the smog.

1) Try to minimise being out or physically exerting yourself during pollution surges. The faster you breathe, the more pollutants you inhale.

2) Get regular car servicing and maintenance (especially the spark plugs) done.

3) Drive within the speed limits. And accelerate slowly.

4) Limit idling your vehicle to no more than 30 seconds.

5) Manage demand for fossil fuels, use public transport, and use energy efficient appliances that conserve power.

6) Mop while cleaning the house to pick up lingering loose dust, microfiber mops can catch dust and dirt better.

7) Grow indoor plants such as money plants, ferns, Aloe-Vera, They act as living air purifiers and absorb chemical pollutants released by synthetic materials.

9) Replace Traditional stoves that use biomass and coal should be replaced.

9) Avoid outdoor burning of garbage, leaves etc.

10) Switch to natural gas as it produces 10% the emissions as compared to other fuels.

 

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This world environment day, take a pledge to Reduce, Reuse, and Re-Cycle. In today’s society, wasteful consumption is a commonality which all of us knowingly and unknowingly choose to indulge in. Small things such as leaving the lights on, not turning off the television – it all adds up. Who’s paying the price? The Earth and our future generations. Not all of us are indifferent,

A small percentage of our population chooses to live carbon neutral life- styles. These environmental heroes are setting the right example for the rest of us as individuals to follow.

We at GAIL believe in long-term sustainability and have invested heavily in Research and Development projects. All these projects are based on groundbreaking technologies such as utilizing methane gas produced from landfills and using it to produce power. Another initiative known as the Waste to Diesel project, extracts precious chemicals such as diesel, gasoline, and aromatic fractions. Our sustainability based outlook follows one of our core philosophies known as  ‘Care, Share & Grow’. This philosophy extends into other programs such as”TOMORROW IS YOURS” which is a television series based on improving conditions throughout rural India.

Our Waste to Energy project, which is based at the Ghazipur landfill captures excess methane, which is produced by waste that has piled up over the years. A section of the landfill has been covered with grass, the covered area has bore wells that reach deep into the landfill, where the methane gas is captured. The captured gas is upgraded from low-quality LPG (Landfill gas) to high-quality LPG, which is the transformed into energy using micro-turbines.

Similarly the Waste to Diesel project, extracts diesel and other precious chemicals from wasted plastic. This groundbreaking breakthrough is attributed to our Research and Development team. The process recycles the chemicals, which exists in everyday plastics. The project has already passed lab and Bench test and is currently being implemented into the pilot stage. The diesel that is recycled meets the internationally recognized standard of Euro-IV.

To know more about Tomorrow Is Yours click here.

To know more about landfill gas to energy click here.

To know more bout Plastic to Diesel, click here.

Depiction of Plastic to Diesel project

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Before the implementation of Waste to energy project

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After implementation

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To know more about Tomorrow Is Yours click here.

To know more about landfill gas to energy click here.

To know more bout Plastic to Diesel, click here.

 

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#MyInnovation GAILtalk Contest – Live Now!

Innovation is an act of ingenuity, creating possibilities where none exists. It’s not really about science or technology. It’s about Life.

When have you innovated in daily life? Tell us and win a surprise gift!

Here’s what you need to do

1.  In the comments section below tell us how you’ve innovated in your life. How you’ve made something happen by using a unique solution.
2.  Don’t forget to use hashtags ‪#‎MyInnovation‬ and ‪#‎GAILtalk‬  with your reply.

 

 

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Norwegian DNV GL Unveils ‘Solitude’ – A New Unmanned FLNG Concept

Recently at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association in Melbourne, DNV GL presented designs for a new unmanned FLNG (Floating Liquefied Natural Gas) concept called ‘Solitude’ to unlock the potential of remote offshore gas fields. The remoteness of offshore gas fields & personal safety were the two considerations that were kept in mind by DNV GL when it started working on Solitude. Floating above an offshore natural gas field, ‘Solitude’ will theoretically produce, liquefy, store and transfer LNG at sea before carrier ships transport it directly to markets. An unmanned FLNG facility will lead to an approx. 20% reduction in operating expenditure with only a few percentile increases in capital expenditure. Such innovative projects by DNV GL show the organization’s commitment towards sustainable and safe development while reducing its carbon footprint.

As there will be no one living on board or working on the topside during normal operation, the associated personal safety risks are eliminated. When people do enter for large maintenance campaigns, the topside would be prepared for a safe working environment. A new support and accommodation vessel concept and its associated docking system on the FLNG further boost the safety of interventions.

Existing frontier oil and gas projects have resulted in tremendous technological developments, particularly in the subsea realm, and Solitude draws on this,” says Ms. Torstad. “Operators are already controlling subsea installations and simple, fixed offshore installations from shore. Given the on-going advances in autonomous systems and remote operations, unmanned offshore installations are a natural development over the next few decades.”

“While Solitude is a holistic concept, many of its solutions can be implemented independently – and some are already available today. These projects are our way of thinking out loud. Our aim is to present high-level concepts that can form a basis for discussion and be further developed in collaboration with the industry. We see Solitude as a new opportunity for the future,” ends Elisabeth Torstad.

Courtesy of DNV GL via DownstreamToday

Read more here: http://goo.gl/z0xtvc

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10 Sustainable Cities From Around The World

Sustainable cities have been popping up around the globe in recent years, however, the idea of a sustainable city or eco-city has been around for a few decades now. The term was first used by Richard Register in his book titled; Ecocity Berkeley: Building Cities for a healthy future.  An eco-city is designed with specific consideration on reducing environmental impact. A main design feature of many of the eco-cities is to stop heat wastage and reduce/neutralize air pollution. Eco- cities are usually inhabited by like-minded people who believe in reducing water, food intake and minimize waste.

Here is a list of ten sustainable cities which are changing the way people live.

1. Calgary, Canada

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18,000 Canadians developed a blueprint for a sustainable future when they created the imagineCALGARY Plan for long terms sustainability. The Plan contains a 100-year vision that articulates the city in which Canadians would like to live and how to get there.

2. Masdar city, Abu Dhabi

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Masdar is Arabic for “Source”. Masdar is a planned city which relies on solar energy and other renewable energy sources and is being designed to be a hub for cleantech companies. The city combines ancient Arabic architectural techniques with modern technology to pioneer sustainable development.

4. Auroville, Tamil Nadu

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The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity. Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics, and all nationalities.

4. Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city, China 

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It is the result of a collaborative agreement between the governments of China and Singapore to jointly develop a socially harmonious, environmentally friendly and resource-conserving city in China.

5. Clark Freeport Zone 

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The Building of the Clark Green City by Philippines Govt. will feature a 50-year master plan that will help decongest Metro Manila, drive the economy and guide the country towards sustainable development.

6. Songdo International Business District, South Korea 

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Songdo IBD’s leadership in sustainable development will have key quality-of-life attributes for both corporations and residents. The city will be the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified district in Korea.

7. Hung Shui Kiu

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Hung Shui Kiu has been identified as suitable for the new development area purposed to cater for long-term development need in Hong Kong. After development, it may accommodate up to 160,000 people in the future.

8. Waitakere, New Zealand

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Waitakere eco-city is an opportunity for Waitakere City to become a leader, to enhance its image and to find innovative solutions to the constraints it faces.

9. Hacienda – Mombasa 

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Hacienda eco-city in Mombasa is Kenya’s first environmentally, socially, culturally and economically sustainable project. Solar & wind energy along with rainfall will be harvested.

10. Freiburg Breisgau, Germany

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SolarRegion Freiburg is a long term development vision that the city of Freiburg in southwest Germany embraced in 1986, which has resulted in multiple benefits for both the environment and the local economy.

India has already started work on sustainable cities with Auroville being the first. Following the Make In India campaign and the Smart City Initiative, more eco-cities will be developed in the near future.

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First Gen Corp Set To Build $1 Billion LNG Terminal Next Year.

The Philippines’ First Gen Corp has reported that the construction of their $1 billion LNG terminal should be begin by next year. The regasification project is one of at least four planned projects. This would open the doors for further natural gas imports into the region. First Corp intends to keep a 50% stake in the project and give the rest to partners and one foreign investor.

The foreign partner will bring in the expertise in operating and maintaining the facility, although a final investment decision has yet to be made.

Australian-listed Energy World Corp Ltd is looking to switch on its Quezon LNG import hub and power plant this year, while ManilaElectric Co recently said it was in talks with Osaka Gas Co Ltd to build natural gas facilities, including a regasification terminal.

Read the full article here: http://goo.gl/rnij9v

Courtesy of Reuters via Downstreamtoday

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Do you know what India’s energy break down is?

Match the choices below with the percentages
A. Oil
B. Coal
C. Traditional Biomass
D. Hydro
E. Nuclear
F. Natural Gas
E. Renewable Energy – Solar, Wind and others

For example if your think Oil contributes 26% to India’s energy mix, write A26 . Type your answers in the comments section below.

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How Natural Gas Can Help India Reduce Air Pollution

A recent World Health Organization (WHO) study ranks India as one of the most polluted countries in the world. India is home to 13 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities, with air pollution impacting more than half the population by reducing its lifespan by three years on average.

Among the various causes of pollution – burning of firewood, fuel adulteration, vehicle emissions – are coal-based power plants. They release particulate matter, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds and trace metals like mercury into the air, which affect health adversely. Additionally, coal-fired power plants are the main source of acid-rain-producing pollutants.

A recent study of 47 thermal plants by the Centre for Science and Environment found that not only are India’s power units among the most inefficient in the world, they operate at an average of only 60%-70% of their installed capacity. It’s disturbing that more than half of India’s energy supply needs are met by coal-fired plants.

To take a stock of the rising air pollution levels, the incumbent government recently launched an Air Quality Index (AQI) to predict the air quality. Initially ten cities – Delhi, Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Faridabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad will have monitoring stations with AQI display boards. In laymen terms, the index translates detailed information on different pollutants into a color-coded health warning system. Green represents minimal impact on health, yellow implies moderate effects and red would mean to have serious implications. There are plans to extend this initiative to a total of 66 cities eventually.

A long-term and feasible solution to control air pollution is to switch to natural gas for power generation. A higher share of natural gas in the installed capacity of energy from 9% in 2014 to 20% by 2030 is an imperative. Gas-based power stations have no particulate emissions and much lower NOx emissions. They can achieve 20 parts per million (PPM) NOx levels whereas coal-based power stations have no standards; they emit between 100 PPM and 300 PPM.

Another alternative is to use vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG). Over the past few years, CNG became the most popular fuel due price difference and a large number of petrol cars have been retro-fitted to run on CNG. Studies have shown that CNG is much more environment friendly in terms of carbon emissions and pollutants like SO2. Running car on green fuel will help to keep a check on air pollution in city like Mumbai, where the use of vehicles are primarily responsible for deteriorating air quality.

India is the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, after China and the US. The data can be used for tackling pollution proactively and prudently. Like for example, on consecutive days of high pollution levels, Beijing restricts driving cars. Furthermore, Paris allows free public transportation on days with high pollution. India too can embrace such initiative to bring down the pollutions levels