“It is very difficult terrain for laying pipe networks. To make natural gas accessible and affordable in the “most ambitious tribal district” in the shortest possible time, the company has deployed a virtual CGD network in the district by setting up an LNG distribution facility in the village of Vavdi in March of this year, ”the official said.
The system includes an LNG storage tank and a regasification plant and is called CGD virtual network because it is not connected to the gas network, he added.
The total cost of the system, which includes an LNG tank with a capacity of 24,000 kg, is less than Rs 10 crore.
Vavdi is approximately 19 km from the world’s tallest statue of unity in Kevadia and the system is used to supply natural gas to vehicle consumers as well as piped gas for cooking in villages and towns in the district, did he declare.
At a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has made setting up physical pipeline infrastructure in the country a challenge, the government of Gujarat has installed an inland pipeline network in Vavdi and connected 370 households through the system.
Plans are in place to connect around 2,000 households in Narmada district using the virtual network over the next few months, according to a government official. While providing a reliable and constant supply of an environmentally friendly energy source, the system also saves the cost and time spent on setting up pipeline infrastructure.
It also allows consumers to meet their specific needs through a customizable offer. To date, Gujarat Gas has laid approximately 33,000 internal pipelines in Narmada, specifically for last mile grid connectivity to households.
The company currently meets more than 10,000 kg of CNG demand from vehicle consumers per day.
Such gas pipeline systems play an important role in the distribution of gas to remote areas of North America and the concept is slowly developing in India. The systems can transport compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) to consumers in the distribution network.
Gujarat Gas won the CGD license for the Narmada district in the ninth tender organized by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB). The company was the sole bidder for the geographic area (GA) of Narmada.
The existing pipeline network is approximately 42 km from Jhagadia. The topography of the Narmada district as well as the eco-sensitive belts require considerable time to lay a pipeline network to serve natural gas users throughout the district, sources said.
Off the grid
For consumers located in locations far from physical pipelines, gas suppliers can distribute natural gas using these systems.
This system eliminates the need for consumers to connect to gas networks
Gujarat Gas plans to reach villages like Dediapada, Garudeshwar and Sagbara using a virtual pipeline system. This is in addition to areas like Nandod and Tilakwada which are already covered in the geographic area of Narmada