New Delhi (Sputnik) — India aspires increase its share of the energy market to 15 per cent from the current level of 6.5 per cent. In a bid to achieve this target, India intends to transform its diesel based transportation systems to a much cheaper liquefied natural gas (LNG) based transportation systems.
“Government wants to promote the LNG as a fuel for vehicles. Efforts are being made to have LNG driven buses in Kerala very soon. Long haul driven vehicles and trains will also adopt LNG as fuel. The LNG handling capacity is being enhanced from 21 Million Metric Tonn to 50 Million Metric Tonn,” said Dharmendra Pradhan, Indian Minister for Oil and Natural Gas.
It is expected that there will be around 23 million buses and trucks available on the Indian roads by year 2025. Public transport bus services in many Indian cities use compressed natural gas which is costlier than LNG. The Indian government wants an increase in the use of LNG to reduce transportation costs and the country’s dependence on crude oil requirements. India consumes approximately 5 metric tons of diesel per month for transportation only.