#Gas4India campaign: To promote Natural gas in the country

Date: September 07, 2016

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 The Union Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today launched #Gas4India  campaign, aimed at promoting the use of gas in the country. Public and private sector companies working in the sector have joined hands to promote the natural gas sector.

#Gas4India  is a unified cross-country, multimedia, multi-event campaign to communicate the national, social, economic and ecological benefits of using natural gas as the fuel of choice to every citizen who uses, or will use in the near future, gas in any way- cook, travel, light their homes, and power their business. The campaign includes social engagement via Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn, and its official blogsite, as well as hyper local, offline events to directly connect  with consumers through discussions, workshops and cultural events. Shri Pradhan launched the website, Twitter handle, facebook page and Theme song of the campaign.

About #Gas4India

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#Gas4India is a unique industry initiative to popularise the use of natural gas in India by creating awareness about its national, social, economic and ecological benefits.

The Central Government, over the past two years, has taken a number of steps to develop India’s hydrocarbon industry, including:
HELP, notified on 30 March 2016
Marketing and pricing freedom for new gas production from Deepwater, Ultra Deepwater and High Pressure-High Temperature
Policy for grant of extension to the PSCs of 28 small- and medium-sized discovered blocks
Policy for early monetisation of hydrocarbon discoveries
New Domestic Natural Gas Price Guidelines, 2014
Appraisal of about 1.5 million sq. km. un-appraised area of the Indian Sedimentary Basins
Measures for Reassessment of Hydrocarbon Resources
Setting up the National Data Repository
Policy interventions for exploration and exploitation of Shale Gas/Shale Oil
Exploration in Mining Lease (ML) areas after expiry of exploration period
Operationalising non–exclusive multi-client speculative surveys to assess unexplored sedimentary basins

Internationally, natural gas accounts for around 24% share of the primary energy consumption. However, in India, this share is currently only about 6.5%. Some developed states such as Gujarat have defied this average, having successfully exploited the potential of natural gas as an abundant, clean and cost-efficient fuel. The share of natural gas in Gujarat’s energy basket is 25%, higher than the global average.

To increase the share of natural gas in India’s energy mix, there is an urgent need to harness domestic sources and expand infrastructure for LNG import terminals, floating storage, re-gasification facilities, gas transportation, etc. to cater to the growing needs of existing and new demand centers (such as green corridors, smart cites). In parallel, it is imperative to inform consumers of the various benefits of natural gas as their fuel of choice.