Methane drive

New fuel for Kolkata vehicles

kolkata may soon become the first city in India to have vehicles running on methane if a deal between Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ongc), a private gas distribution company, and the West Bengal government goes through.

ongc and Calcutta Compressions and Liquefaction Engineering, a Kolkata-based company, signed a memorandum of understanding on July 10 for distribution of coal bed methane (cbm) in Kolkata and adjoining areas starting January 2009. Calcutta Compressions is working on a distribution and pricing deal with the state government.

cbm is a natural gas found in coal beds that can be used for domestic, commercial and industrial purposes and even for generating electricity. In recent decades it has become an important source of clean energy in the West.Removing methane from underground coal mines also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions since methane

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