Business & Economy
IGL launches pilot project to run diesel generators on gas in residential complexes
New Delhi, July 22, 2017
The public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) today launched a pilot project to run existing diesel-based generators installed in residential complexes on a mix of piped natural gas (PNG) and diesel as fuel for power back-up.
The project is aimed at addressing the high pollution levels in the region, a press release from IGL said.
IGL supplies compressed natural gas (CNG) and PNG to Delhi as well as the Uttar Pradesh cities of Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida.
"Apart from environmental benefits, this initiative is expected to reduce operational cost of running power back up gensets by around 20% if run on full capacity," the release said.
Mr. V. Nagarajan, Director (Commercial), IGL inaugurated the supply of PNG as a fuel to dual injection gensets at Victory Crossroads Residential Complex located in Sector 143-B, Noida in the presence of Dr. B.B. Awasthi, Regional Officer, Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB), Mr. S.K. Bansal, Director, Victory Projects and senior officials of IGL and Control Infotech.
The installation of dual fuel kit in the already installed diesel generator has been undertaken by Control Infotech, in close co-ordination with IGL. While running at full capacity, the usage of PNG and diesel is expected to be in the ratio of 70:30. However, due to limited occupancy levels in the residential complex at present, the usage of both PNG and diesel is expected to be equal. It is estimated that using the PNG along with the diesel for power back would result in savings of around 20% in operational running cost in comparison to diesel at its current price. The payback period on capital investment is estimated to be around eight months.
The release said the performance of dual fuel run generators would be closely monitored in terms of efficiency and performance during the pilot phase by all the stakeholders and the learning from this project would be used to develop the road map for introduction of dual fuel run generators in apartment complexes across the region.
IGL has started approaching other residential apartment complexes across Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad to convert their power back-up arrangements to enable them to run on gas.