On 23rd June 2020, Edappadi K.Palaniswami, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and Dharmendra Pradhan,Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel, inaugurates Compressed Bio-Gas(CBG) Plants at Namakkal and CBG Fuel Stations at Pudhuchattiram and Rasipuram over a virtual platform.
Schemes on CBG:
i.The Government of India launched the ‘SATAT’ (Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation) scheme on CBG on 1st October 2018, with a target to produce 15 million metric tonnes(MMT) of CBG from 5000 plants by 2023.
ii.To support the SATAT, the government has offered long term pricing on CBG to the marketing companies to execute on the long term agreement on CBG.
iii.The process of including the Bio-Manure, the by-product of the CBG plants in the Fertilizer Control Order 1985 to provide easy marketing and opportunity for organic farming.
iv.The 5000 CBG plants across the nation are estimated to produce 50 MMT Biomanure.
CBG Plant Namakkal:
i.The 15 Tonnes per Day (TPD) CBG plant of Namakkal is set up by the IOT Infrastructure and Energy Services, a joint venture between Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. and Germany’s Oiltanking GmbH at an expense of Rs. 25 crore.
ii.The plant can produce CBG to fuel more than 1000 vehicles per day in the region of Salem and Namakkal and support alternate green energy fuel to 2 industries.
iii.For the first time the Oil Marketing Companies will sell an alternative to natural gas.
i.To promote new projects, The Central Financial Assistance or Subsidy for establishing CBG Plants have been extended to 2020-2021.
ii.CBG projects are equipped with attractive rates of returns to encourage the involvement of new entrepreneurs in CBG projects.
iii.The usage of CBG will help to achieve the 2015 Paris Agreement and support Swachh Bharat, Atmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India schemes of the Government of India.
Ministers from Tamil Nadu, Secretary, Petroleum & Natural Gas, Chairman, Indian Oil, and senior officials of the Tamil Nadu Government, MoP&NG and OMCs.
About Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas:
Minister– Dharmendra Pradhan
Secretary– Tarun Kapoor