A unit of Singapore’s LNG firm AG&P has started working on a new LNG and CNG filling station in India.
According to a statement by AG&P Pratham, the LCNG station in Andhra Pradesh would be the second in the state and third in South India.
To mark the construction start, the firm held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility last week.
Located at YSR Kadapa district, the station would have two storage tanks with capacity of 56 KL of LNG storage and gasification, AG&P Pratham said.
Also, the LCNG station would provide uninterrupted access of natural gas to commercial, industrial, and residential customers as well as supply CNG to help cars, taxis, and buses “transition seamlessly to run on clean fuel in the region,” it said.
AG&P Pratham currently operates two CNG stations in the YSR Kadapa District and has plans to launch ten more by March 2022.
It recently commissioned its first LCNG station in southern India at Nanjanagudu, Mysore.
In addition, AG&P Pratham is laying pipelines in YSR Kadapa town and industrial estate Putlampalli IDA to deliver piped natural gas directly into homes, businesses, and factories.
Nine LCNG stations
Chiradeep Dutta, AG&P Pratham’s COO, said the construction of the new LCNG station in Andhra Pradesh “is an important milestone in the roll-out of vital gas networks being developed in India.”
“It is in lockstep with the country’s commitment to achieve 15 percent of natural gas in its primary energy mix by 2030,” he said.
Dutta added that AG&P Pratham plans to build nine LCNG stations and 134 CNG stations in YSR Kadapa and Anantapur over the next eight years.
Japan’s city gas supplier and LNG importer Osaka Gas will also take part in AG&P’s development plans in India.
Osaka Gas said last week it has invested, together with Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development (JOIN), in a unit of AG&P. Osaka Gas is already a shareholder in AG&P.
JOIN and Osaka Gas Singapore will invest up to $120 million in Singapore-based AG&P CGD HoldCo SPV3 that is developing twelve city gas distribution networks, or concessions, in South India and Rajasthan under the brand name AG&P Pratham.