Bhubaneswar: Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has identified as many as 19 districts of Odisha for authorizing the development of City Gas Distribution (CGD) network.
The move is in synchronization with the development of natural gas pipeline connectivity, natural gas availability and techno-commercial viability to provide Piped Natural Gas (PNG) in the state.
These 19 districts identified for CGD projects are Khordha, Cuttack, Angul, Dhenkanal, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj, Bargarh, Debagarh, Sambalpur, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur & Keonjhar.
Union petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan informed on the projects in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha Wednesday.
PNGRB is the authority to grant authorisation to the entities for the development of City Gas Distribution (CGD) network in Geographical Areas (GAs) as per PNGRB Act, 2006. PNGRB has authorised 228 GAs covering 406 districts spread over 27 States and Union Territories up to 10th CGD bidding round.
Dharmendra Pradhan distributed the Letter of Intents (LOIs) to 12 successful entities for 50 Geographical Areas (GAs) under the 10th CGD Bidding Round March 2019 awarded by PNGRB.
A PNGRB’s report claimed, “As per the commitment made by the various entities in the 50 GAs approved for issuance of LoIs in 10th CGD Bidding Round, 2,02,92,760 domestic PNG (piped natural gas) connections and 3,578 CNG (compressed natural gas) stations for transport sector would be installed largely during a period of 8 years up to March 31, 2029, in addition to 58,177 inch-km of steel pipeline.”
“Further, the entities would be authorised to supply natural gas to industrial and commercial units in their respective GAs as per the limits provided in the CGD Authorisation Regulations,” report says.