New Delhi: Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said that Compressed Bio-Gas (CBG) can be produced from biomass and organic waste sources including paddy stubble. Compressed Bio-Gas has properties similar to the commercially available natural gas and can be used as an alternative renewable fuel.
Government of India has launched Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiative on 1 October 2018, to promote CBG as an alternative, green transport fuel for efficient management of biomass and organic waste.
As part of the SATAT scheme, Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies, Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) and Indraprastha Gas Ltd had launched Expression of Interest (EoI) for procurement of CBG from the entrepreneurs at an assured price.
Under SATAT initiative, as on 26 November 2019, 441 Letters of Intent have been awarded for production and supply of CBG. So far retail sale of CBG has commenced from two retail outlets.
This information was given by the Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.