• Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel laid the foundation stone for the first 50 LNG fuelling stations, across the golden quadrilateral and major National Highways.
• Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is natural gas (predominantly methane, CH4, with some mixture of ethane, C2H6) that has been cooled down to liquid form for ease and safety of non-pressurized storage or transport.
• LNG is not only almost 40% cheaper than diesel but also causes very less pollution. LNG use in trucks can reduce SOx emissions by 100% and NOx emissions by 85% thus befitting society at large.
• Government will set up LNG stations at the distance of 200-300 km on golden quadrilateral, and within 3 years, we will have 1000 LNG stations on all major roads, industrial hubs and mining areas.
• These fifty LNG stations will be set up and commissioned in partnership by country’s Oil and Gas majors such as IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, GAIL, PLL, Gujarat Gas and their Joint Venture Companies and subsidiaries.
Mains Paper 3: Economy
Prelims level: LNG stations
Mains level: Benefits of establishing LNG stations