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Nations Capital Prefers PNG

Indraprastha Gas limited (IGL)  is on the verge of breaking records by providing nearly 100,000 homes with piped natural gas (PNG). IGL is a joint venture between GAIL and BPCL. The rising use in PNG suggests that Indian consumers prefer the convenience and utility PNG provides. Further evidence suggests that PNG is safer as compared to traditional fuels, such as wood fired stoves and gas cylinders.

IGL  added 72,771 connections during 2013-14. Company MD Narendra Kumar said IGL was committed to maintaining the highest level of safety standards in its operations and appealed to customers to strictly follow the safety precautions as disseminated by IGL from time to time.

He added that it would be IGL’s endeavour to better its record in the current year by covering new colonies.

IGL sells clean fuel to nearly 8 lakh vehicles in NCR through a network of over 300 CNG stations.

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Courtesy of the Times of India




Throwback Thursday: Construction Of The GAIL Headquarters

From time to time, it is an interesting exercise to go back in the past and look at how the present grew from a single idea. Throwback Thursday, a global hashtag is an exercise on the same line. People and brands revisit the past every Thursday, sharing vintage pictures and anecdotes.

As the youngest Maharatna, our history takes place in the 80’s as India was stepping in the computer age. Those early years are documented by our internal publication – GAIL news.


The initial issues of GAIL news offer great insights into the organisation and the early steps that led us to where we are today in this brief span of time.

One such insight is an interesting article on the construction of our headquarters at Bhikhaji Cama Place in New Delhi (next to Hotel Hyatt Regency).  The building is on a plot measuring 1377.18 sq. meters, which was purchased from DDA.

This impressive structure has 2 basements plus eight floors including lower and upper ground floors with a total plinth area of 12,069 sq. meters (1.30 lakh sq. ft.).

In 1989, the work for our corporate building was fast progressing, with approvals of the ministry of Urban Development in place. The pre-construction activities in terms of purchase of a plot of land at suitable location, appointment of architectural consultants and preparation of building plans including approval of the plans from the concerned authorities, invitation of tenders for the construction of the building and award of work, etc. were completed in a record time of about five months.

The possession of the plot was handed over by DDA to GAIL on December 12, 1988 and the foundation stone of the new Corporate Office building was laid by the then chairman Shri. Vineet Nayyar on January 9, 1989.

Exhibiting a vision for the future workplace the new building was built to include central Air-conditioning and ventilation system; The construction followed a tight completion schedule of eighteen months.

Further, employees Were invited to visit the sight and offer suggestions towards a model office building.

some pictures during the construction :



gail_FROM-THE-VAULT_01It surely is something to revisit the past. Stay tuned for more #ThrowbackThursday posts.


Yamunanagar To Be Connected With The Natural Gas Network

Recently Haryana Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), has announced that it has permitted GAIL to lay almost four kilometers of pipeline within the Old industrial area to provide natural gas to residents of Yamunanagar.

The network by GAIL will provide this gas to entrepreneurs in the area, which can be used for heating and cooling purposes, an official release said here today.
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Courtesy of the economic times of India via PTI


China Implements Clean Fuel Standards Early

China has been paving in-roads for cleaning up the quality of its air and to reduce greenhouse gases. It has announced that its “national five” fuel policy will be completed ahead of schedule by over one year, putting the implementation date of the policy as January 2017. The new standards are similar to Euro V which has maximum sulphur content of ten parts per million.

Starting from Jan 2016, China will expand the areas receiving gasoline and diesel that meet the standards to 11 eastern provinces and cities, according to a Cabinet statement posted on the central government’s website

Under an earlier plan, only Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province, as well as key cities in the Yangtze River Delta and Pearl River Delta would have received “national five” fuels by that time.

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Courtesy of Reuters via DownstreamToday


A Rising Fuel: Natural Gas

The Chinese first discovered natural gas in 500 BC, since then it’s use has been proliferated from industries ranging from agriculture, plastics, polymers and most importantly energy. Check out this video below to get a brief overview of the natural gas industry.

Courtesy of SpectraEnergy


Hydroelectric Generators Basics

It is a well-known fact that hydroelectric dams have been a clean source of energy for decades. But do you know how they actually produce electricity? Check out the video below to find out the facts about hydroelectricity.

Courtesy of TranspowerNZ


Petronas To Deliver The Worlds First FLNG By 2016

Petronas will complete the world’s first FLNG (floating liquefied natural gas) facility in the first quarter of 2016. Major corporations are joining the trend of switching to Natural Gas and it has not gone unnoticed. People from all over the globe are starting to realize the harmful effects of oil, coal and other traditional fuels.

Kuala Lumpur, April 21 (Reuters) – The world’s first floating Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project, built by Petronas, is expected to supply its first cargoes in the first quarter of 2016, senior officials from the Malaysian state-oil firm said on Tuesday.

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Via Downstreamtoday and courtesy of Reuters


China Is Taking Steps To Mitigate Its Environmental Footprint

The citizens of the world are becoming acutely aware of the dangers and harmful effects of carbon emission and greenhouse gasses and thus many countries are looking to bio-fuels as a way to lower the impact. China is one such nation that will implement a full-scale, waste to ethanol plant, which is expected to produce 30 million gallons every here.

April 22 (Reuters) – China Steel Corp plans a commercial-scale project to produce ethanol from waste gases as a push to improve air quality without using food as feedstock, said the firm that came up with the technology on Wednesday.

According to LanzaTech, the Chicago-based company that created the technology, it is projected that China Steel is to spend $46 million for a commercial ethanol facility attached to a steel plant in Taiwan that is targeted to pump out more than 30 million gallons of ethanol annually.

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Via DownstreamToday and courtesy Chris Prentice of Reuters


Natural Gas And The Future Of Tomorrow

As the world starts to shift to natural gas, traditional fuel providers such as Xcoal Energy are starting to see the many benefits of natural gas. With many countries employing stricter carbon emission standards and with the recent launch of the Air Quality Index, many energy providers are looking at viability of traditional fossil fuels.

Xcoal Energy & Resources LLC, the largest exporter of U.S. coal, is betting on natural gas as the world’s appetite for clean-burning fuel expands at coal’s expense.

Ernie Thrasher, who founded Xcoal in 2003, is starting XLNG Energy & Resources, which plans to begin exporting, liquefied natural gas no later than 2018. The company will focus on selling gas from the Marcellus shale region, which includes Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, historically coal-rich states, he said.

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Via DownstreamToday & courtesy Mark Parker of Bloomberg news.


Waste to Diesel

In a brilliant feat of scientific innovation GAIL in partnership with CSIR-IIP (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Indian Institute of Petroleum) have been able to convert broken buckets, mugs, toothpaste tubes, bottle caps and other polyolefin products into the cleanest grade of diesel.

GAIL and CSIR-IIP to hold the patent for this unusual discovery.

Announcing this in Dehradun today, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science and Technology and Vice President, CSIR, laid out the roadmap for further exploitation of opportunities in alternative fuel sources. The country’s premier research establishment in hydrocarbons has achieved significant success in reducing national dependence on fossil fuels.

“I have myself campaigned on the streets of Delhi against pollution and plastic proliferation. Today, I am glad to announce that diesel conforming to Euro-5 specifications in sulphur content has become a reality thanks to the CSIR-IIP and GAIL’s diligence and ingenuity”, he said.

The Minister elaborated: “We are the first to have the capability to convert 1 tonne of broken buckets, mugs, toothpaste tubes, bottle caps and other polyolefin products into 850 litres of the cleanest grade of diesel. This is the best news yet for the planet this year because henceforth plastic waste will be viewed more as a resource than a nuisance”.

With this technology, the Indian Railways is soon to set up plants to manufacture diesel for mechanical traction.



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The successes of the talented Shri H S Cheema, shaping the Oil and Gas Industry of India

Shri H S Cheema has been known for accomplishing many great things for the Oil and Gas Sector in India. During his tenure at GAIL as the first ever chairmen, Shri Cheema was heralded for setting up and maintaining the first pipeline in northern India, known as the Hazira-Vijaipur-Jagdishpur (HVJ) pipeline. The pipeline created a vital link for transportation of natural gas between the distribution center and the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Shri H S Cheema was born on the 2nd of May 1931, completed his bachelors of engineering from Poona, mechanical engineering from the Royal Technical College, Glasgow and then in 1983 he become a fellow at the Institute of Engineers in India. Armed with an advanced and diverse education, he went on to hold prestigious positions with various organizations such as ONGC, Oil India Limited, Asian Development Bank, Engineers India Limited and Gas Authority of India. Shri Cheema made many in-roads towards developing the oil and gas sector in India. He was responsible for all the oil, LPG and gas productions on behalf of ONGC during the years of 1986 – 1989. A notable achievement is that he was credited with raising the oil production from 27 MMT per year to 34 MMT per year in 1989. A few other achievements are;

·      Responsible for major drilling operations in the east coast of India

·      Record time to complete a pipeline project between Uran to Trombay Butcher island ( 18 months)

·      Planning and design of the super tanker oil terminal and dry dock at Cochin port

·      Construction of the worlds largest oil terminal at Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

·      Publications of many books and journals

To know more about Shri Cheema, click here.