In a major development, Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) signed a long-term agreement on March 31, 2021 to supply compressed natural gas (CNG) to Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses. The 10-year CNG supply deal will be valid till December 2030.
In 2010, IGL had signed a long-term gas supply agreement with DTC. As part of that agreement, dedicated CNG filling facilities were set up at 44 depots of DTC across Delhi and Noida to cater to the fleet of DTC buses being used for public transport with a total compression capacity of 10 lakh kgs per day.
DTC is the largest CNG-powered bus service operator in the world with a fleet size of 3,762 buses and is also in the process of procuring 1,000 new CNG buses which would shortly be plying on the roads of the country’s capital. It consumes around 2.80 lakh kgs of CNG per day for its buses which constitute around 11 per cent of daily CNG sale of IGL. The consumption of CNG is expected to increase further after the addition of new buses.
IGL is the primary supplier of compressed natural gas and piped natural gas in the national capital territory of Delhi and national capital region. The company’s city gas distribution infrastructure consists of over 15,000 km of pipeline network.