The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on Friday signed Memorandum of Understanding with leading oil and gas marketing companies to establish around 900 CBG plants under the Sustainable Alternative towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiative and is aiming to tune in investments worth Rs 30,000 crores. Currently, around 1500 CBG plants are at various stages of execution around India. These plants will aid the generation of biogas from the forest, agriculture, animal husbandry and marine-waste.
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The Ministry has signed MoUs with energy companies JBM Group, Adani Gas, Torrent Gas and Petronet LNG for setting up of CBG plants, and with technology providers like CBG sectors, Indian Oil, Praj Industries, CEID Consultants and Bharat Biogas Energy for facilitating the smooth availability of top-notch technology for the projects.
“Letter of intent for 600 CBG plants have already been given and with today’s signing of MoUs for 900 plants, a total of 1,500 CBG plants are at various stages of execution. Rs 30,000 crore of investment is envisaged in these 900 plants,” Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas said.
The Central Government under the SATAT scheme encompasses setting up of 5,000 CBG plants by 2023-24 with a production target of 15 MMT which is expected to create greener fuels and new employment opportunities in the rural areas. Despite the ambitious goal, the implementation of the same has been slow due to various reasons including unavailability of raw materials, shortage of storage space, segregation of wastes, and lack of established biomass pricing mechanism.