LPG Auto Refueling Stations. Challenges and Impediments to their establishment. The Automotive Framework. Cabinet in 2005 approved in principle the establishment of LPG Auto Refueling Stations. 2 years later the Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority issued the Autogas Regulatory Framework
Challenges and Impediments to their establishment
LPG Refueling Stations cannot be located in residential/congested areas or adjacent to any building used for public gathering.
CNG Stations have no such limitations and in fact are widely seen situated in highly congested areas, next to schools, mosques even HOSPITALS!!!Comparison of Requirements for LPG vs CNG Refueling Stations
Plenty of Rickshaws operating on CNG and in fact their use is being encouraged and promoted by the GovernmentComparison of Requirements for LPG vs. CNG Refueling Stations
An Annual Regulatory Fees of Rs. 50,000 is to be paid to the Authority for monitoring of safety standards.
Third Party Inspection fees Rs. 250,000
License for construction issued for a period of 2 years upon depositing Rs. 25,000 as license fees.
CNG Stations are exempt from this Regulatory Fees.
Third Party Inspection fees of Rs. 50,000Comparison of Requirements for LPG vs CNG Refueling Stations
LPG Cylinders are much lighter in weight allowing a vehicle to travel 3 times the distance on a single filling.
Cold Starting is not a problem with LPG Vehicles.
Vehicles running on CNG experience a reduction in engine power by up to 20 percent. To maintain engine power at optimum levels, pressure-creating systems are installed, which lead to an increase in conversion cost.
CNG Cylinders are heavy and require frequent refueling on long distance trips.
Cold Starting is a major problem with CNG Vehicles.Advantages of LPG Vs CNG
Conversion costs for LPG are 1/3rd of CNG.
Transportation & Distribution of CNG requires a pipeline network.
Heavy upfront investment in CNG kits is required.Advantages of LPG Vs CNG