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Nitin Gadkari to propose to the cabinet methanol to be used as ship fuel

The Government is considering a proposal to allow use of methanol as a fuel for ships, a cheaper, cleaner and forex-saving alternative to diesel. Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said

“We are studying deeply how to use methanol as a marine fuel and will be going before the union Cabinet soon for clearance, the minister told newsmen.

We had a meeting (with veteran scientist and Niti Aayog member V K Saraswat) where we decided that if marine engines are run on methanol, it can be import substitute, cost-effective and pollution-free.”

Mr.Saraswat while examining a proposal to build 40 bunkers of liquefied natural gas along the river Ganga as part of the inland waterways project,  suggested methanol as an alternative (to LNG), Gadkari said. Against Rs 60 for a litre of diesel, methanol would cost Rs 20-25, while its calorific value is better than that of diesel, he said, adding that the biggest priority for the country is how to reduce the cost of fuel.


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