Union Petroleum Minister flags off low carbon cruise on Mahabahu Brahmaputra

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Union Petroleum Minister flags off low carbon cruise on Mahabahu Brahmaputra

Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep S Puri on 24 January inaugurated the demo-run of Inland Water Vessel powered by Methanol blended Diesel (MD15). 

An overview of the news

  • The boat ride was conducted on a 50-seater motor launch marine vessel named 'SB Gangadhar'.

  • The ocean liner is equipped with two Ruston-made diesel engines (105 hp engine each).

  • The boat will be run on MD-15 (15% methanol mixed HSD).

  • Methanol is a low carbon hydrogen carrier fuel produced from high ash coal, agricultural residues, CO2 from thermal power plants and natural gas.

  • This is the best route to meet India's commitment to COP 21.

  • Slightly lower in energy content than petrol and diesel, methanol can replace both these fuels in the transport sector (road, rail and marine), energy sector.

  • NITI Aayog's 'Methanol Economy' program aims to reduce India's oil import bill, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and convert coal reserves and municipal solid waste into methanol.

  • India Energy Week 2023 (IEW 2023) to be held in Bengaluru from 6-8 Feb 2023.

About India Energy Week

  • It is the first major event under India's G20 Presidency, which follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pledge at COP26 to cut India's emissions to net-zero by 2070.

  •  Organised under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India Energy Week is the only and all-encompassing international energy event supported at the highest level by the Government of India.

  • The week is being organised with the participation of all Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).

  • It is officially supported by the Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry (FIPI).

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