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Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Launched List of Initiatives to Enhance SATAT Scheme

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Dharmendra Pradhan presides over a slew of initiativesOn June 01, 2021, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG), launched a number of initiatives to enhance the SATAT (Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation) scheme.

  • Cooperation agreement signed among oil & gas companies
  • MoU signed by MoPNG with GGGI and Companies to set up CBG plants
  • CBG-CGD Synchronization
  • Website launched
  • Foundation for 5 CBG plants

About the Cooperation agreement signed among oil & gas companies:

i.A Cooperation Agreement was signed by MoPNG with Oil and Gas majors including IndianOil, HPCL (Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited), BPCL (Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited), GAIL (Gas Authority of India Ltd), and IGL (Indraprastha Gas Limited), for the promotion and development of the SATAT.

ii.It was intended to establish a strong network for marketing the entire produced quantity of Compressed Biogas (CBG) Plants through various channels. The associate implementers will also join the SATAT movement.

iii.As per the agreement, IndianOil shall act as coordinator under the SATAT scheme and collaborate with the Government and other agencies on behalf of Industry members.

iv.GAIL will serve as the coordinator for the implementation of the CBG-CGD (City Gas Distribution) synchronization scheme.

MoU signed by MoPNG with GGGI and Companies

i.The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the MoPNG as a knowledge partner under the SATAT scheme for the development of CBG/Biological Compressed Natural Gas (BioCNG).

ii.Under the partnership, GGGI will facilitate deployment of CBG projects in India through its regional BioCNG program. The GGGI regional BioCNG program is supporting three Asian countries – India, Indonesia, and Thailand. It will improve investment, green jobs, and help countries in transition towards a low carbon economy.

iii.MoPNG also signed MoUs with other companies viz, Essar Capital Limited, XEMX Projects, and Knowledge Integration Services, to set up new CBG Plants across the country.

CBG-CGD Synchronization

Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated the 1st injection of CBG into the CGD pipeline network at Govardhannathji Energies into Gujarat Gas CGD network at NadiadKheda, Gujarat.

Website for SATAT scheme launched

To provide a digital boost to the SATAT programme, a website was launched as a resource centre for new and existing CBG Plants to provide details on CBG and SATAT.

CBG Plants

i.Upcoming CBG: The minister laid foundation to set up 5 CBG’s at Gujarat (2), Uttar Pradesh (2), and Punjab (1) by CNM Energy Solution Pvt Ltd, Carboneu Pvt Ltd, Cities Innovative Biofuels Private Limited, and CEF Budhana Energy Private Ltd.

ii.Newly Commissioned:

  • Two new CBGs were commissioned viz, Solika Energy Pvt. Ltd. in Hyderabad and T R Mega Foods and Beverages LLP in Ludhiana.
  • New CBG selling retail outlets at Hyderabad (Masab Tank Service Station), Bengaluru (Jai Bheem) and Ludhiana (Sharma Filling Station) were also dedicated.

About SATAT scheme:

i.Objective: To set up CBG production plants and make CBG available in the market as affordable transport fuels and to be used as a green fuel.

ii.It was launched on October 1, 2018 with a target production of 15 MMT of CBG from 5000 plants by 2023 with an investment of ~ Rs. 2 lakh crores. It also improves the usage of agricultural residue, cattle dung and municipal solid waste.

iii.The 5000 CBG plants will provide an investment of 1.75 lakh crore, an additional revenue source to farmers, and 75,000 direct job opportunities and lakhs of indirect jobs.

About Compressed Biogas(CBG):

i.It is a purified and compressed biogas, which is produced through a process of anaerobic decomposition from various forest waste, Agri-waste, animal husbandry waste and marine waste like cattle dung, sugarcane press mud & spent wash of distilleries, sewage water, municipal solid waste (MSW), biodegradable fractions of industrial waste etc.
ii.The Government of India set a goal for reducing the energy emissions intensity by 33 – 35 percent by 2030 as per the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets agreed in the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) at Paris, France.

Recent Related News:

On November 20, 2020, Union Minister Dharmendra Debendra Pradhan, MoPNG signed MoUs with 8 leading oil & gas marketing companies & technology providers to set up 900 CBG plants with an outlay of Rs 30,000 Cr across India under the SATAT initiative.

About Global Green Growth Institute(GGGI):

Establishment – 2012
Headquarters – Seoul, Republic of Korea
Director-General – Frank Rijsberman

About Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas(MoPNG):

Union Minister – Dharmendra Pradhan (Member of Parliament –  Rajya Sabha, Constituency – Madhya Pradesh)