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A merger for a better tomorrow

In an attempt to reduce prices for re-gasified liquefied natural gas (R-LNG) users and encourage its use, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has come up with a proposal. The proposal aims at pooling in together domestic and imported gas for the non-priority sector.

According to a senior petroleum ministry official “We are looking into a possibility of pooling re-gasified liquefied natural gas (R-LNG) with domestic natural gas. This would lead to a reduction in prices for them (the intended users) and would encourage them to use more R-LNG,”

The government is processing the proposal to provide pooled gas to stranded power plants. The objective of the proposal will be to increase the productivity of the plants. The power generation capacity of the plants is 16,374 Mw; but because of the gas shortage at 72 mscmd, the plants are operating at a 24% load.

With the introduction of the new policy it is believed that consumers would be encouraged to use natural gas with it’s cheaper price and vast reach.

 

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Odisha: The new energy capital

The Nation’s largest natural gas processing and distribution company, GAIL India limited has entered into a contract with Paradip Port Trust (PPT). The agreement includes setting up of a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) inside Paradip port. The initial capacity of the terminal is estimated to be 4 million tonne per annum (mtpa) and which is expected to be commissioned by 2017.

In the next phase, GAIL intends to extend the terminal capacity upto 8-10 MMTPA.  The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between GAIL and PPT in presence of Union Minister for Shipping Mr. G K Vasan.

The project is believed to set the future course of ODISHA economically along with making it ENERGY secure. Mr. Sekhara Mishra, PPT chairman said the FSRU at Paradip port will position both Paradip and Odisha on the global map of LNG business. This FSRU terminal will cater to the requirement of eastern, western and central parts of the country. Mr. G K Vasan also added  that the completion of this project will position Odisha on the global LNG map, heralding a new area in industrial development and employment generation and economic upliftment of the nation as a whole.

India is the fourth largest consumer of Natural Gas and projects like these would certainly help the country to become an Energy secure Nation.

 

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Uniform pricing of CNG across the nation

Natural gas prices may soon be priced uniformly all across the country soon. The ministry of petroleum and natural gas has proposed to have equivalent prices for compressed natural gas.

cng-stationAccording to a senior ministry official “We are working on a proposal that would make CNG prices uniform across the country,”. The  basic objective is to pool imported gas networks with the domestic ones.

This will eradicate the price differences in major cities across the nation.

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The Future of Endless Possibilities.

New things to look forward to!

Although the Natural gas sector in India is on its way up, there is always scope for MORE! Recently, a massive development in the area has come about with the approval of the Shale Gas Oil Exploration program by CCEA. India will now be able to boost its domestic output further.

Under this program, the National Oil Companies will be able to carry out exploration and optimum utilization of unconventional hydrocarbon resources particularly shale gas and oil. (In their already awarded onland Petroleum Exploration License/Petroleum Mining Lease (PEL/PML) acreages under the nomination regime).

The US, Canada and China are concentrating on the potential of the natural gas trapped in sedimentary rocks, below the earth’s surface. This is the most promising solution, as an alternative to conventional oil and to the growing GAS needs. Available data and research shows (http://goo.gl/bGN6m1) that the 6 basins in India (Cambay (in Gujarat), Assam-Arakan (in the North-East), Gondawana (in central India), KG onshore (in Andhra Pradesh), Cauvery onshore and Indo-Gangetic basins) hold shale gas potential. According to the U.S Geological survey report, January 2012, India holds about 6.1 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale-gas reserves in three of its basins.

According to an article (http://goo.gl/y5wc4i), oil import costs in India surged to a record $144.3 billion in the year through March. This is more than 8% of gross domestic product. As far as the details of the program are concerned, it will work in 3 phases. It would start with ONGC and Oil India Ltd (OIL) exploring and producing shale oil and gas from onland blocks (that were allotted on a nomination basis before advent of the New Exploration Licensing Policy in 1999).

This is a positive endeavour to a better future, unlocking the all new possibilities that lie ahead.

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Natural Gas to en(LIGHTEN) Bihar

Today, the 23rd of October was yet another day that marked a great development in the Natural Gas sector in India. A Gas cooperation agreement was signed between the Government of Bihar and GAIL. The GCA enables cooperation for Natural Gas Infrastructure and City Gas distribution between the two.

The GCA was signed in Patna in the presence of Shri Nitish Kumar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Bihar, Dr. Renu Kumari Kushwaha, Hon’ble Minister for Industries, Shri A. K. Sinha, Chief Secretary,  Shri B. C. Tripathi, Chairman and Managing Director, GAIL, Shri Naveen Verma, Principal Secretary, Industries, Shri Prabhat Singh Director (Marketing), GAIL, and other senior officials from Department of Industries and GAIL (India) Limited.

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As per the agreement, both the Bihar Government and GAIL will evaluate the viability for developing Natural Gas distribution and City Gas infrastructure in urban areas. They will cooperate on issues of developing the use of eco-friendly fuel, especially natural gas, in the state. About 621 kms of the 2050 Km Haldia – Jagdishpur pipeline will pass through 14 districts of Bihar. GAIL is making this pipeline for the transmission and distribution of natural gas.

The mainline of the Haldia-Jagdishpur pipeline covers Kaimur, Rohtas, Aurangabad and Gaya, the 4 districts of Bihar. The other 10 districts are covered by the spur lines. With this pipeline, GAIL will have the chance to discover increased possibilities of distributing City Gas in the major towns of Bihar. A joint venture for City Gas Distribution projects for domestic, commercial, industrial and transport sectors will also be initiated with this agreement.

As per the GCA, Natural Gas Demand Assessment and Preliminary Techno Economic Feasibility Study will be undertaken for

1. Evaluation of medium and long term gas demand potential for the state for industrial, commercial, transport and residential sectors;

2. Assessment of pipeline infrastructure and associated facilities required for supply of natural gas including optical fiber network;

3. Evaluation of natural gas supply options to Bihar on a long-term and competitive basis.

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The Billionaire’s drive!

T. Boone Pickens is the billionaire who believes in Natural Gas. Born on 22nd May 1928, he began delivering newspapers at the age of 12. Today after 85 years he is the Chairman at BP Management and stands at a net worth of about $1.2 Billion, ranked 377th billionaire in USA, March 2013 (Forbes, http://goo.gl/2CXShh)

All through his life Pickens has made his own way. Driven by his love for people and the environment, his plans have always revolved around making America a self-reliant country. The billionaire is a thorough environmentalist, even when it comes to choosing his cars. Today apart from the S class 600 Mercedes he owns, he keeps a Honda Civic GX. He owns the Honda for his love of Natural gas, since it is the only Natgas vehicle available in the US, as off now! The Billionaire loves his drive and fuels his HONDA with his personal Natural-gas line, that costs him less than $ 1 a gallon!! He calls the Honda the “Pickens Plan Car.”

According to the article (http://goo.gl/iPFeMT), he is quoted saying,

Nowadays, I don’t drive all that much. I live a mile from my office. But I keep the Civic around. My kids drive it sometimes. You’d never know it wasn’t driving on gasoline; it feels just the same. I got it painted up like a blue sky with white clouds. To me, it looks like a beautiful day.”

In July 2008, Pickens, all-time oilman launched the ‘Pickens Plan,’ an $82 Million campaign. According to the PLAN, he intends initiating a drastic and fundamental change in the US energy system. The plan would help US bring down its dependence on foreign energy and introduce wind, solar energy, and steer the transport sector away from Oil, towards natgas. This plan shall address the OPEC Oil threat, stimulate the economy and make the future, emission free and eco-friendly!

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More than just fuel..

General Motors prepares the stage to launch the all-new 10th generation Chevrolet Impala next summer. The new impala is said to be bi-fuel, running on both gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG). The car will be the second member to the club of “Producer manufactured CNG cars”, alongside the Honda Civic.

The car will have a push button allowing the driver to manually switch between gasoline and CNG. It is set to have up to 500 miles of driving range; 350 miles on gasoline and 150 miles on natural gas.

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According to Dan Akerson, Chairman and CEO, General Motors, the bi-fuel version is an attempt to reduce carbon emissions and reinstate their commitment to conservation.

 

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Facts you never Googled about Google

Each time you are left wondering about something, you “Google” it. From being a misspelled word to making its place in the oxford dictionary; Google’s achievements have been rather prominent over the years. Over time Google has introduced and acquired a number of brands and products. Youtube and Gmail being the most commonly used of the lot.

Since forever Google has been emphasizing that the ‘search engine’ is FREE!

Have you ever wondered how this process works and how much energy it intakes? Probably you have never “Googled” it! The company has thousands of data centers across the globe. But what really is interesting is the amount of energy that they draw for functioning.

According to a report by The New York Times, these centers burn around 260 MW of energy continuously. That amounts to about 0.013% of the earth’s total energy consumption. The amount of energy Google uses is one fourth of the output of a nuclear power plant.

Every single search on Google intakes about 0.3 watt of energy which is enough to light a 60-Watt bulb for 17 seconds. But that’s not all, because this figure multiplies with over a billion searches that happen over the world in a day. Just the search engine, which is regarded as a small fragment of the vast organization draws about 12.5 MW of energy.

“Googling” doesn’t seem FREE now, does it??

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Goa, Tomorrow is yours!

With hopes of a joint venture between GAIL and the Goa state government, piped dreams could turn into a reality. GAIL is currently in dialogue with the Goan government and plans to set up this venture for the distribution of PNG and CNG in Goa. GAIL is also speaking to the government regarding space to set up its office in Goa.

For this joint venture in Goa, GAIL is looking at the Kadamba transport corporation (KTC) to act as its distributor. KTC already has 14 bus stands in Goa and with another 4 planned for the year, which will serve as CNG supply points.

GAIL is a Maharatna company founded in 1984 and this year; in February it commissioned its 178-km long underground gas pipeline (cost of Rs. 800 crores approx..) from Gokak (Karnataka) to Goa (Vasco). As far as industries in Goa are concerned, GAIL already supplies 150mmscm (metric million standard cubic metres) gas to companies (example Zuari industries, Umicore and Reliance infrastructure limited) along the Sancoale-Vasco area. Aditionally, the PSE is laying a 28km pipeline to supply gas to Binani Glass at Colvale in Bardez taluka.

According to the article (http://goo.gl/EjCH0B), PNG has a big advantage over the present LPG, as it is cheaper, safer and environment-friendly. According to the article the price of the same amount of PNG in Goa will be cheaper compared to a gas cylinder in Delhi. GAIL is already supplying CNG in places like Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune and Gujarat.

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Thiruvananthapuram at EASE!!

A great relief for people in the Capital of Kerala! After many complaints from the residents of Thiruvananthapuram a system for LPG checking has been put in place. This system will supervise and seal calibration units at Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) fuel pumps in the State. The facility is situated at the Priyadarshini Planetarium and was inaugurated by Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash this Thursday.

According to the article (The Hindu, http://goo.gl/m6HQYx) the government has allotted Rs. 10 Lakhs for the project. Kerala is the 5th State in the country to implement this supervisory mechanism. This step would encourage using more of LPG powered vehicles thereby reducing carbon emissions. This is a positive move for the state and the people who use LPG. Along with a demonstration of the verification process given at the inauguration, the government will ensure maintaining a strict vigil on whether customers are being provided the right amount of fuel for the price they pay.

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