PNG has several distinctions to its credit- of being a pollution-free fuel, easily accessible minus storage troubles, and being available at very competitive rates, are just a few of them.
The source of PNG supply in Pune is the famous Dahej-Uran & Dabhol-Panvel pipeline of GAIL (India) Ltd. PNG offers the convenience of ensuring continuous and adequate supply of PNG at all times, without any problems of storing gas in cylinders.
The domestic consumers have to take upon themselves the trying task of booking an LPG cylinder refill, time and again. And then starts the wait for the deliveryman to deliver the cylinder. Switching over to PNG renders this entire exercise unnecessary. PNG also eliminates the tedious routine of checking LPG refill cylinder for any suspected leakage, or it being underweight, at the time of delivery. Moreover, the user is spared the inconvenience of connecting and disconnecting the LPG cylinder when out of gas. Precious space, occupied by LPG cylinders is also saved.
The combustible mixture of natural gas and air does not ignite if the mixture is leaner than 5% and richer than 15% of the air-fuel ratio required for ignition. This narrow inflammability range makes PNG one of the safest fuels in the world.
Natural gas is lighter than air. Therefore, in case of a leak, it just rises and disperses into thin air given adequate ventilation. But LPG being heavier will settle at the bottom near the floor surface.
A large quantity of LPG is stored in liquefied form in a cylinder. With PNG, it is safer since PNG installation inside your premises contains only a limited quantity of natural gas at low pressure i.e. 21 millibar.
On leakage, LPG expands 250 times, which is not the case with PNG.
Supply in PNG can be switched off through appliance valve (inside the kitchen) and isolation valve (outside kitchen premises), which fully cuts off the gas supply.
Economy with PNG
A domestic/commercial/industrial consumer pays upfront for the price of LPG Cylinder/ other liquid fuels whereas in the case of PNG, billing is normally after a cycle of fortnightly/monthly/quarterly after the use by the consumer. Thus there is savings on account of release of working capital for the commercial and industrial sector and deferment of expenses for the domestic sector.
The user is charged only for the amount of PNG used, and no pilferage is possible with PNG as the billing is done according to the meter. A unique feature is that the user gets to pay only after consumption of gas.
Moreover, there are no minimum consumption charges ie, if there hasn?t been any consumption, there shall not be any bill. The user pays the gas consumption charges based on the exact consumption provided by the meter installed at his premises.
Natural gas is one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels, and helps improve the quality of air, especially when used in place of other more polluting energy sources. Its combustion results in virtually no atmospheric emissions of sulphurdioxide (SO2), and far lower emissions of carbon monoxide (CO), reactive hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide, than combustion of other fossil fuels.
In fact, when natural gas burns completely, it gives out carbon dioxide and water vapour. These are the very components that we give out while breathing!
PNG for Commercial Consumers
No storage problems and stock accounting PNG does not require any storage tank or storage space since it is supplied to you through pipelines. Also, the manpower and time that was earlier being used for ensuring minimum stock levels of LPG, HSD and LDO, can be used elsewhere. The other functions that accompany storing these fuels ? monitoring stock levels, checking the quality and quantity of fuels received ? have also been rendered unnecessary.
No daily liasioning
The consumer is spared the task of liasioning with oil companies and co-coordinating with them for ensuring the daily supply of fuel, because PNG is supplied directly through pipes.
The daily bills, settlements and reconciliation are also avoided as the consumer is billed once a month, and that too as per the meter reading.
No spillage and pilferage
In case of spillage of fuels like HSD and LDO, there are liable to be immense product losses. Also, there are considerable chances of pilferage of these fuels.
In case of PNG these losses are invariably done away with, for PNG is supplied through pipes.
Lower maintenance cost
With PNG, soot or ash accumulation and greasy spillages are absent from your appliance. Maintenance costs are, thus, driven down.