CII conference on natural gas held

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNRB) would shortly notify the guidelines inviting bids for city gas distribution networks.

The guidelines had been circulated for comments and “we expect them to be finalised within 12 weeks after considering views of different stakeholders,” Board Chairman S. Krishnan said.

He was here on Saturday to participate in a conference on natural gas organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Addressing the participants, he said the government is in the process of preparing outlines of overall policy framework detailing the utilisation gas, domestic and imported, which has consumers from four major segments. The necessity for a broader outline arose from the fact that several aspects like supply to small and medium enterprises, commercial segment, compressed natural gas for fuel stations and supply to domestic consumers through pipelines needs to be considered.

There is still a need for clarity with regard to national access code for natural gas pipelines for enabling supplies as the primary objective is to ensure shift to gas consumption from less than 10 per cent at present to 25 per cent in the medium term.

“We need to factor in aspects like potential of domestic production, import, other fuels like coal bed methane, shale gas and generation of gas through coal gasification,” he said.

Efforts are underway to consider a new transport route from the north for addressing environmental issues like global warming, he added.