Essar Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Ltd (EOGEPL), said it had filled and dispatched the first ever Compressed Coal Bed Methane (C-CBM) Natural Gas cascade truck for Bengal Gas Company’s maiden CNG station, to be supplied by state-run gas major GAIL (India) Ltd, thus fulfilling its promise of providing clean energy and green fuel to the city of Kolkata, in support of steps towards reducing vehicular pollution in the metro.
EOGEPL, an investee company of Essar Global Fund Limited (“EGFL”) and is India’s largest operator of unconventional hydrocarbon acreages. EGFL’s investments in EOGEPL are a part of its investment portfolio in exploration and production businesses which are increasingly focused on clean energy. The Coal Bed Methane (CBM) gas is widely seen as the green fuel of this century as the energy transition happens in the world.
“This is a momentous occasion for us at EOGEPL, as we take the first step towards fulfilling our promise to the people and the government of West Bengal. Our Coal Bed Methane gas, a clean and green fuel, is a turning point towards helping the state in its journey to reduce air pollution amongst the community. In line with the country’s vision, as we transform into a gas based economy, we are committed to increasing indigenous clean energy share in our energy mix, address issues of climate change and support an Aatma-nirbhar Bharat” said Mr. Santosh Chandra, CEO, EOGEPL.
The C-CBM Natural Gas cascade truck was flagged off by Mr. Satyabrata Bairagi, CEO, Bengal Gas Company and Mr. Chandra from EOGEPL’s gas compressor facility, Durgapur earlier today to the city gas distribution firm’s CNG station to be commissioned in Kolkata.
“The GAIL Urja Ganga gas pipeline, when commissioned next month will eventually become the energy lifeline of homes and industries in West Bengal, and EOGEPL is committed to provide un-interrupted gas supply to the customers,” said Mr. Chandra.
The Raniganj East CBM Block in West Bengal is a flagship asset of EOGEPL with a significant volume of CBM gas resources. Raniganj block is today a showcase of CBM development in the country and has a slew of customers who continue to depend on the supply of CBM gas to sustain their own businesses.
The Raniganj CBM field has 348 wells, associated Gas Gathering and Compressor facilities and about 300 km of infield and customer pipelines.
The Kolkata city gas distribution network is spearheaded by Bengal Gas Company, a joint venture between GAIL India and Greater Calcutta Gas Supply Corporation. The prestigious Urja Ganga pipeline project of GAIL includes supply of CNG and piped natural gas to domestic and industrial consumers across Kolkata city and parts of the adjoining districts of North 24 Paraganas, South 24 Paraganas, Howrah, Hooghly and Nadia.