VASCO: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday said the Central and Goa governments will soon have a tie-up to create green energy fuel chain, which would be first of its kind in the country.
He was addressing a press conference after commissioning the fifth in the series of the new 105M Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) “ICGS SHAURYA”, built by Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) on Saturday.
“Two days ago I met Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in Delhi during the swearing-in ceremony of Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu. During our meeting, I requested him (Parrikar) that Goa Government and Union Government should come together to create a green energy fuel chain in Goa. All this because Goa is a great tourist destination of the country and in the next few years, the State can have 100 per cent green fuel which will add on for the tourism potential,” he said.
Pradhan said, “Green fuel chain is not new concept as several European countries have brought in regulations banning the use of fossil fuel and have been managing their energy requirement through renewable energy. We only now need to study how they have done it and the same can be adopted in Goa on an experimental basis”.
He said that there is enough raw material in Goa, which is generated through agriculture, tourism and fisheries industries for creating alternative fuel.
“Today technologies are available through which all urban waste, except for glass and metals can be converted into energy. From all types of urban waste, including 15 per cent of plastics, we only need to segregate glass and metal and then all types of bio-waste can be converted into fuel. Using technologies we can produce dropping quality of diesel or petrol, CNG and after burning of waste we can even produce electricity. Now, it is matter of decision on cost and other implementation requirements which needs to be worked out but I say this with full of confidence that Goa will be the first state to implement green fuel conversion in country,” Pradhan said.
Commenting on the proposal to use alternate fuel in the Indian marine sector, Pradhan said, “Central government wants to encourage use of alternate fuel in the Indian marine sector too. High speed diesel, which is currently used in this sector, can be used with alternate fuel. Therefore I have already suggested that the organisations such as Goa Shipyard Limited, Indian Coast Guard and Gas Authority of India Limited should partner to conduct a pilot study whether we can use LNG and CNG as a fuel which is cheaper. I hope that soon we will have technical MoU with these three organisations.”
When asked whether households and industrial units in Goa will get gas supply through pipelines as GAIL has already laid its pipelines in Goa and has been supplying gas as an alternate mode of energy, he said, “Yes in days to come this will be a reality. We will soon open up CNG stations in Goa on priority and then households will also get gas though pipelines. Similarly, our aim is to increase industrial consumers of gas-based energy and all this will be expanded but in phase manner,” he concluded.