July 2017

RSGL Leading The Clean Energy Revolution In Rajasthan

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Ravi-Aggarwal

Ravi Aggarwal
Managing Director
Rajasthan State Gas Limited (RSGL)

Rajasthan State Gas Limited (RSGL) has developed blueprint for involving dynamic strategies to optimise natural gas availability through domestic gas, LNG, waste to biogas, developing industrial clusters for providing anchor loads to the gas pipeline infrastructure, LNG hubs at strategic locations and setting CNG and LCNG corridors connecting all the key cities in the Rajasthan, says Ravi Aggarwal, Managing Director, RSGL, in conversation with Kartik Sharma of Elets News Network (ENN).

RSGL has become a showcase for the industries in adopting innovative model for meeting State aspiration. Please Elaborate.

The Government of Rajasthan is implementing various reforms that are germane to the ease of doing business and has identified development of the gas infrastructure as a key agenda for economic growth and systematic planning of industrialisation to meet socio- economic aspiration of the people. The State Government has generated key enablers for all the industries through single window clearance, allotting plot at strategic locations and making workable solutions for RSGL and end users. The collaborative efforts with the industries are being ensured by synchronizing gas availability as per the project planning. The involvement of RSGL with the user industry for optimising the cost for the technology opted and in space use besides other commercial aspects has earned excellent rapport with the customers. RSGL is involved with the government for a systematic development of energy needs for Smart Cities and industrial clusters through setting up CNG corridors and retail infrastructures.

“RSGL has joined hands with the industries in Rajasthan for win– win situation by convincing them for better price realisation through high quality of product produced by using natural gas which ensures less carbon and uniform heating and uninterrupted supply.”

Availability of gas is a concern for the industrial revolution in the State. How RSGL is taking up steps in changing Rajasthan industrial scenario?

The availability of clean energy is the key issue for systematic development of identified industrial clusters. The State Government has authorised RSGL as a nodal player for setting retail gas infrastructure in the State through the collaborative efforts with the government and the industries.

RSGL has rather adopted collaboration as a key driver with Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (RIICO) in developing identified industrial clusters. RSGL has also taken up connectivity to the M/s Global Ceramic at Ghiloth to setup state-ofthe-art ceramic zone and the project involving decompression unit, transportation of natural gas through the cascades from Neemrana to the M/s Global Ceramic premises has been completed in record time.

RSGL has developed blueprint for involving dynamic strategies to optimise natural gas availability through domestic gas, LNG, waste to biogas, developing industrial clusters for providing anchor loads to the gas pipeline infrastructure, LNG hubs at strategic locations and setting CNG and LCNG corridors connecting all the key cities in the Rajasthan.

“RSGL is involved with the government for a systematic development of energy needs for Smart Cities and industrial clusters through setting up CNG corridors and retail infrastructures.”

After opening CNG corridor between Delhi and Jaipur, what is the plan of RSGL for setting up a similar corridor connecting other key cities?

RSGL opened first CNG highway between Delhi to Jaipur (along NH-08) as per Government of Rajasthan budget mandate by commissioning mega CNG Station at Neemrana and Daughter Booster Station (DBS) at Kukas near Jaipur. RSGL has entered into agreement with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) for augmenting CNG in the State. Business Transfer Agreement (BTA) between RSGL and GAIL Gas Limited for transfer of Kota CGD assets in favour of RSGL was signed on 18th April, 2017 in presence of Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Rajasthan.

RSGL has taken proactive steps for setting CNG Corridor connecting Bhilwara-Chittorgarh/Udaipur, Kota-Jaipur and inter-state CNG Corridor between Kota-Mumbai to become front runner State in setting CNG Corridor connecting important key cities. The breakthrough technology is planned for making gas available through the long tube cascades in the identified industrial clusters along Neemrana –Jaipur, Kota-Baran-Jhalawar, adjoining areas of Ghiloth and Chittorgarh-BhilwaraUdaipur sectors.

“RSGL has demonstrated its capabilities to transform impossible into improbable and then into probable. RSGL has become a model for country, a business entity fulfilling state aspiration for meeting socio economic aspiration of the people.”

Affordability of clean fuel in comparison to other competitive fuel at a less price is dampening factor for the industries. How RSGL is addressing this issue?

At one point where polluted fuel like husk, High Speed Diesel (HSD) etc is discouraging industries for switching over to Natural gas, RSGL has joined hands with the industries in Rajasthan for win–win situation by convincing them for better price realisation through high quality of product produced by using natural gas which ensures less carbon and uniform heating and uninterrupted supply. No one now doubt about the capabilities of RSGL in taking up challenges which may sound impossible as earlier. RSGL has demonstrated its capabilities to transform impossible into improbable and then into probable. RSGL has become a model for country, a business entity fulfilling state aspiration for meeting socio economic aspiration of the people.

How can the State Government contribute to the development of World Heritage Cities like Jaipur and Udaipur?

 The source of gas for the Geographical Area (GA) of Jaipur and Udaipur is to be ensured for the development of CGD network. The non-availability of gas connectivity leaves a vital and an important gap between the CGD entity and agency responsible for providing trunk transmission gas line connectivity. In context of Rajasthan, Jaipur is the capital and largest city of the State of Rajasthan and Udaipur is most sought after tourist destination of the State.

Jaipur, also known as the Pink City of India, which has a rich history of modern civilisation, art and culture. The city was planned according to Indian Vastu Shastra.

The architecture, culture, and planning of Jaipur is complex and unique. Udaipur is a beautiful city, known for its picturesque lakes, also called ‘the City of Lakes’. Udaipur has many more attractions that catch the attention of the tourists with their charm. The massive forts of Udaipur attracts tourists with their sheer structure and architecture. The beautiful temples create a sense of aestheticism with their spiritual ecstasy.

There is need for cohesive approach involving the State Government, PNGRB and the entities responsible for setting transmission pipeline for synchronising completion of gas infrastructure, CGD network and the industries for using gas in the desired time cycle.

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