NEW DELHI: Having taken the LPG coverage in the country from around 55 per cent in 2014 to around 90 per cent currently, the target is to reach 100 per cent coverage soon, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.
“Very soon, India will be connecting all households with clean cooking fuel. The source of fuel will be LPG as well as gas from biomass and alternate sources,” Pradhan said at Petrotech 2019. The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, where free connections are given to Below Poverty Line households, has been a major force in increasing LPG coverage. Recently, the target was set at LPG for 8 crore households by 2020. Since its launch in 2016, 6.4 crore new connections were given.
With estimated imports of above 12 million metric tonnes in the financial year 2018-19, India stands as world’s second largest importer of LPG, after China. The country’s LPG imports have registered remarkable trend in the last five years, growing at a healthy CAGR of 12.5 per cent, surpassing import volumes of Japan in the financial year 2017,” Pradhan had pointed out speaking at the recent Asia LPG summit.
Along with LPG penetration, thrust was also given to natural gas and city gas projects. “We have over 16,000 km long gas pipeline network and additionally another 14,000 km gas pipelines are under different stages of construction. We have embarked upon ambitious projects such as 3,200 km Prandhan Mantri Urja Ganga project and 1,600 km Indradhanush Gas Grid to connect eastern and northeastern parts of India with the National Gas Grid,” Pradhan said.
Vasishta project inaugurated
New Delhi: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) deep-sea S1 Vasishta Development project on the eastern offshore in Andhra Pradesh was formally inaugurated on Sunday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The fields currently producing around 4 million cubic metres of gas per day. It would see production go up from now with the completion of all related project facilities. S1 and Vashista fields are free gas fields located 30-35 km off Amalapuram in AP, and the development project has been built at the cost of I5,700 crore. The tough deep water fields are at water depths ranging from 300-700 metres with in-place reserves of estimated 19.692 BCM of gas.