INDIA IS PLANNING TO PROMOTE LNG FOR ROAD TRANSPORT
India has approved the proposal to expand the use of LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) for transportation use. The use of LNG will be allowed for road transport (buses, trucks etc.), railways and shipping industry.
LNG is a clean and economical transportation fuel being widely used in countries like China and USA. In long–haul road transportation, inland waterways and railways LNG can be used as transportation fuel. India has four terminals to receive LNG and imports around 20 million tons of it a year. Over the next seven years, the government plans to build another 11 terminals.
LNG can be a good alternative in regards to CO2-emissions for diesel fuel. Tata Motor Limited (TML) became the first vehicle manufacturer in India to develop a LNG bus. The bus was flagged off in Kerala for trial run in November 2016. How fast the implementation of LNG can go is the Memorandum of Understanding Petronet LNG Ltd (PLL) have signed with Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) in June 2018 to jointly develop LNG-powered vehicles and infrastructure for storage and distribution of LNG and CNG. Also, in August 2017, the government has notified changes in the gas cylinder norms to pave the way for LNG refueling stations and help start commercial service by LNG vehicles. Further, commercial vehicle manufacturers around the world are investing in LNG vehicle technology.