PM Modi inaugurates Kochi-Mangaluru Natural Gas Pipeline


PTI, Jan 5, 2021, 11:18 AM IST

Mangaluru/Kochi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, January 5 inaugurated the 450-kilometre long Kochi-Mangaluru Natural Gas Pipeline via video conferencing from New Delhi.

Inaugurating the 450-km natural gas pipeline between Kochi in Kerala to Mangaluru in Karnataka, Modi said India under his government is seeing unprecedented work on highways, railway, metro, air, water, digital and gas connectivity which will aid economic development.

The government has an “integrated approach to energy planning. Our energy agenda is all-inclusive,” he said.

While on the one hand, natural gas pipeline network is being doubled to about 32,000 km in 5-6 years, on the other, work on the world’s biggest hybrid renewable plant combining wind and solar power has started in Gujarat.

Also, the emphasis is being laid on manufacturing biofuels as well as electric mobility.

In 10 years’ time, petrol will be doped with as much as 20 per cent of ethanol extracted from sugarcane and other agro products, he said.

This would help cut reliance on imports for meeting oil needs as well as reduce carbon emissions.

Alongside, the share of natural gas in the energy basket is being targeted to be raised to 15 per cent from the current 6.2 per cent, he said.

The pipeline grid will help improve clean energy access as well as also aid in the development of city gas projects, he said.

Modi said 900 CNG stations were set up till 2014 after the advent of compressed natural gas as fuel for automobiles in the country around 1992. In the last six years, the number of CNG stations has gone up to 1,500 and the target is to take them to 10,000, he said.

Also, 25 lakh households had piped natural gas connections for using the fuel for cooking purposes till 2014 which has risen to 72 lakh now, he said.

The event was virtually attended by Governors and Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Kerala, along with Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas. In Mangaluru, limited guests attended the event at the MCF factory. MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and Deputy Commissioner Dr Rajendra KV were also in attendance.

The 450-km-long pipeline, built by Gail (India) Limited has a transportation capacity of 12 million metric standard cubic metres per day and will carry natural gas from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal in Kochi to Mangaluru, passing through Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts.

Gail will be separately supplying gas to vehicles (CNG), domestic use (PNG) and for commercial and industrial use. Registration of gas users is currently underway.

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