CNG stations inaugurated in Madhuvan Vihar and Khukari in Ranchi

..................Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga in Jharkhand

CNG stations inaugurated at Madhuvan Vihar and Khukari in Ranchi

De-compression unit at Mecon Colony for PNG Supply

RANCHI, AUGUST 23 : Marking another significant milestone in the spread of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga in Jharkhand, the Chief Minister Mr Raghubar Das, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Mr Arjun Munda and Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Mr Dharmendra Pradhan today launched supply of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), domestic Piped Natural Gas (PNG) and CNG-run vehicles in Ranchi.

GAIL (India) is implementing the prestigious Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga and also the City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects in Ranchi and Jamshedpur. GAIL Chairman & Managing Director Dr Ashutosh Karnatak and Director (Finance) Shri A K Tiwari were present on the occasion.

The Ministers inaugurated CNG stations in Madhuvan Vihar and Khukari on August 23, 2019 at Ranchi. They also launched supply of Piped Natural Gas (PNG) to Domestic consumers in Shayamali Colony and CNG-run vehicles in the city.

Over the coming year, 11 CNG stations will be commissioned in Ranchi by GAIL to supply CNG to over 75000 vehicles.

Initially, natural gas will reach Ranchi in special containers called "cascades" which will be transported by road from Patna, Bihar. Later, Natural Gas will be supplied through the Jagdishpur – Haldia & Bokaro – Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL), popularly known as the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga. The pipeline is presently under construction and likely to be completed by 2020.

Three auto manufacturers M/s Piaggio, Bajaj and TVS have agreed for supplying CNG auto vehicles. Awareness programmes are also being conducted for Auto Rickshaw Owners and drivers for the smooth transition to the use of CNG.

CNG is one of the most environment-friendly fuels as compared to conventional fuels because it has no impurities such as sulphur or lead. It is safe because it is lighter than air and rises up in case of leakage. Moreover, it is unlikely to ignite because of high ignition temperature. It is also economical as compared to conventional fuels.

The commencement of supply of CNG is a major step towards the fulfillment of Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi's dream of developing a gas-based economy and linking Eastern India to the country's Natural Gas Grid through the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga, which will pass through six states, i.e. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha West Bengal and Assam. Laying of 551 KM of pipeline of this project will be done in Jharkhand. This pipeline will lead to industrial development of eastern India.

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The ceremoniallaunch

The Chief Minister, Jharkhand, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs and Union Minister of P&NG and Steel launch CNG supply, CNG-run vehicles and D-PNG supply in Ranchi

CNG Supply

22 CNG stations by GAIL to be commissioned in Jharkhand

In coming years, 22 CNG stations will be commissioned in Jharkhand (Ranchi & Jamshedpur) by GAIL to supply CNG to over 1.25 lakhs vehicles and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) supply to 10.46 Lakhs households.

CGD projects in Ranchi and Jamshedpur are being taken up in parallel with the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga pipeline. In Jharkhand, the Natural Gas Pipeline will be constructed at an estimated investment of Rs 4,366 crores and have a length of about 551 km covering 12 districts i.e. Chatra, Giridih, Hazaribagh, Bokaro, Ramgarh, Dhanbad, Saraikela, Ranchi, Khunti, Gumla, Simdega and East Singhbhum.

The overall capital expenditure for the Ranchi and Jamshedpur CGD projects will be Rs. 1,500 crores of which Rs 450 crores will be spent in the next three to five years.

The JHBDPL will provide a major boost to industries in eastern India and will supply Natural Gas for the revival of fertilizer plants in Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), Barauni (Bihar), and Sindri (Jharkhand).

In addition Matix Fertilizer at Durgapur (West Bengal) will also be provided natural gas.

The revival of these fertilizer plants would result in an additional annual production capacity of 75 lakh tonne would be created, making India self-reliant in meeting the annual domestic demand.

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Steady rise of 30% per year in vehicles in world using CNG

CNG can be used in place of gasoline, diesel fuel and propane/LPG

Compressed natural gas (CNG) (methane stored at high pressure) is a fuel which can be used in place of gasoline, diesel fuel and propane/LPG. CNG combustion produces fewer undesirable gases than the aforementioned fuels. In comparison to other fuels, natural gas poses less of a threat in the event of a spill, because it is lighter than air and disperses quickly when released. Biomethane – cleaned-up biogas from anaerobic digestion or landfills – can be used. CNG is made by compressing natural gas, (which is mainly composed of methane, CH4), to less than 1 percent of the volume it occupies at standard atmospheric pressure. It is stored and distributed in hard containers at a pressure of 20–25 MPa (2,900–3,600 psi), usually in cylindrical or spherical shapes. CNG is used in traditional gasoline/internal combustion engine automobiles that have been modified or in vehicles which were manufactured for CNG use, either alone ('dedicated'), with a segregated gasoline system to extend range (dual fuel) or in conjunction with another fuel such as diesel (bi-fuel). Natural gas vehicles are increasingly used in Iran, especially Pakistan,[1] the Asia-Pacific region, Indian capital of Delhi, and other large cities like Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata—as well as cities such as Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, etc. Its use is also increasing in South America, Europe and North America because of rising gasoline prices.[2] In response to high fuel prices and environmental concerns, CNG is starting to be used also in tuk-tuks and pickup trucks, transit and school buses, and trains.

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