To promote energy conservation and awareness programme the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in Tripura joined the ‘Saksham 2020’, an annual one-month long fuel conservation mega campaign of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) launched on Thursday under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. The ONGC Tripura Asset Manager Om Prakash Singh has launched this month-long programme to move in line with the PCRA.
"At present, ONGC is not potential enough to meet the hydrocarbon requirement," adding to this Mr. Singh said "Either we have to convert to other forms of energy or we have to reduce our consumption." He said that the Government of India is moving in line to conserve energy consumption due to the high cost of investments in importing gas from outside India.
He said, " Now the ONGC is importing around 50 percent gas in the forms of LNG from outside India at the rate of somewhere in it Rs. 9 dollar per million. The country is investing very hefty figure in importing gas from outside India."
"The ONGC is currently mulling to install offshore wind energy and the government has a target of 171 GW energy production from non-conventional means," he said on Thursday while launching 'Saksham 2020' here in Agartala.
The ONGC was producing around 161million standard Cubic Meter Gas per day across India and the main contribution was coming from East Cost where peak production was 69 million standard Cubic Meter per day but due to decline of East Coast field the production has gone down heavily and the ONGC's import of gas started increasing.
"The energy conservation programme was started by PCRA in 1994, but that was limited to only an awareness of Oil conservation because at the time we were importing crude oil from outside India. At that time conservation level of gas was not so high and we were meeting our gas internally," adding to this Om Prakash said, "But in 2004 this was converted to oil and gas conservation as a general celebration and along with the passage of the days probably in 2014 this has become a month-long celebration."