Indian railways will soon run on natural gas instead of diesel

Indian Railways, world’s 3rd biggest oil consumer will soon depend on natural gas for some of its operations. This move is aimed at gradually shifting to cleaner fuels and in-turn cutting costs by about 25%.

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State-owned unit GAIL (India) on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Railways to create infrastructure for supplying natural gas to IRCTC’s workshops, production units, depots and residential colonies.

India has started building infrastructure, including pipelines and import facilities, to raise the share of gas in its energy mix from 6.5% to 15% in next few years.

Ashwani Lohani, chairman of Indian Railways` board said, “the company would strive to shift all 54 of its workshops to natural gas by June 2019.”