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What are the uses of an LPG
connection?

Most households use a gas connection for their cooking needs.

Some of their even use it for other requirements like heating.

Some machines in warehouses run of the same LPG gas, however, they would have to pay higher prices for the same.

Some benefits of using LPG over traditional fires

LPG makes cooking easy, fast and reasonably priced. It is a clean and efficient gas with several benefits:

  • Easier Administration

    LPG is easy to control since the stoves come with an instant on and off switch, working at the twist of a knob. In addition, the adjustment of the amount of fuel needed can be manipulated, unlike wood or dung fires of the past where people usually had a standard amount of heat.

  • Faster Cooking

    Using LPG to cook is a lot faster than other fuels because of its high calorific value. Moreover, since you can adjust the flame for the best results.

  • Keeping your kitchen cool

    LPG stoves emit less heat generally and more targeted heat. This means that the food you intend to heat up, would, but the rest of the area would remain reasonably cooler than a previous kitchen using a wood/dung fire.

  • Environment Friendly

    LPG creates the least greenhouse gas emission of all the available fossil fuels. It contains very less amount of Sulphur, Nitrogen and other particulate matters that are harmful to the environment. Cooking with LPG can help reduce the greenhouse gas emission by up to 70%.

  • Clean Kitchen

    It is easy to store an LPG cylinder in the kitchen as it occupies little space. Unlike traditional cooking fuels like firewood, charcoal and kerosene, LPG does not leave ash, soot or harmful smoke.

  • Economical & Safe

    LPG is an economical fuel. LPG stoves and burners require less maintenance as compared to other cooking forms. LPG is convenient and safe to use.

What is the process of getting
a connection?

Getting a gas connection is getting easier with each passing day. A majority of the Indian population already receives cooking gas for their needs. They handle this through gas bottles or cylinders that are home-delivered, in most cases. In some parts of rural India, people have to travel to the gas depot and collect their gas cylinders.

Getting a gas connection does take some time but with the proper documentation and a little persistence, you can get it in about a month. Before we get into the details of a gas connection, we have to mention that a giant chunk of rural India still uses wood, twigs, branches, dung and other such sources for their fuel. This is then used to cook and to light up fires for other purposes like heat and so on. Post knowing this, it is safe to say that using cooking gas, also called LPG (liquid petroleum gas ) is a safer and cleaner alternative to their cooking needs.

What are the documents needed to handle
the application process?

Proof of identity (Anyone of the following)

  • Voter identification card
  • Passport
  • Driving license
  • PAN card
  • Any photo identification issued by the State Government
  • Aadhaar number allotment letter

For proof of address (Anyone of the following)

  • Voter identification card
  • Ration card
  • Electricity bill (not more than three months old)
  • Telephone bill (not more than three months old)
  • Employers certificate
  • Rent receipt (last two months)
  • Flat allotment letter
  • House registration papers
  • Aadhaar number allotment letter.

If you are applying for a connection, some
of the most popular LPG cylinder providers in India are

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited

While not only dealing with natural gas, Bharat Petroleum also works with oil for a variety of needs. Bharatgas, one of BPCL’s seven business units, is engaged in marketing LPG and propane for industries, hotels, malls, IT parks, automobiles, etc. Bharatgas also offers industrial services, including customer advisory services, energy audits, e-banking, consultancy & technical services, fuel management systems, etc. to organizations that need them. Bharatgas powers over 42 million homes and has brought many innovative products and customer-centric offerings to the customers.

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation

While not only dealing with natural gas, Bharat Petroleum also works with oil for a variety of needs. Bharatgas, one of BPCL’s seven business units, is engaged in marketing LPG and propane for industries, hotels, malls, IT parks, automobiles, etc. Bharatgas also offers industrial services, including customer advisory services, energy audits, e-banking, consultancy & technical services, fuel management systems, etc. to organizations that need them. Bharatgas powers over 42 million homes and has brought many innovative products and customer-centric offerings to the customers.

Indane is a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) brand developed and owned by Indian Oil Corporation. It is the world’s second-largest LPG marketer. The brand came about more than half a century ago in 1964 to bring modern cooking to Indian kitchens. The first Indane LPG connection was released in 1965 at Kolkata. Indane serves more than 90 million families through a network of 9100 distributors. 27% of its customers reside in semi-urban or rural markets and every second LPG cooking gas connection in India is an Indane connection, awarding them the title of “Superbrand” by Superbrand India.

Indane began operations in October 1965, with two dealerships in Kolkata and Patna, with about 2,000 customers. At that time the concept of cooking gas was new to the customers and they were apprehensive of keeping a gas cylinder in their kitchens, perceiving it as unsafe and a potential hazard. More than 50 years later, Indane now has a customer base of more than 98 million and its distribution network delivers more than 2 million LPG cylinders in a day.

Who can get an LPG connection?

Every Indian family (either urban or rural) can get an LPG connection. However, one family can avail of only one LPG connection from any of the three suppliers.

What are the various types of LPG connections?

  • LPG connection for domestic use (14.2 Kg and 5 Kg)
  • LPG connection for commercial use (For Hotel/ Restaurant,Industry, etc) (19 Kg and 47.5 Kg)

Getting a connection online

The online method is a lot more convenient allowing applicants to upload
content as and when convenient for them. All additional documentation
would have to be scanned or photographed and uploaded to the website.
The fees can be handled online as well. The gas connection book would be
ready and can be collected in a week, allowing candidates to start
purchasing their gas bottles. The scans would be the same as the offline
method.

You can use the links below to begin the process:

Improvements being made to natural gas in India

Gas in many parts of the country has been moved from the cylinders to the pipeline. This makes the entire system a lot more convenient and better monitored. Gas was initially being used for cooking with an additional amendment being made for industrial and commercial use. In multiple instances, people were using cylinders for commercial use while paying domestic prices which was causing an issue.

A lot of the Indian metros have already begun the migration and are seeing results. Others have begun implementing procedures to assist with the move. Overall, the Government would earn a good amount of revenue when systems like gas and electricity are better streamlined and monitored. This is easier with the meter system where each house would have a meter and would have to pay based on the amount that they consume.

Gas pricing in various Indian cities for
the 14.2 kg cylinders

  • New Delhi₹ 574.00
  • Kolkata₹ 600.00
  • Mumbai₹ 547.00
  • Chennai₹ 950.00
  • Gurgaon₹ 644.50
  • Noida₹ 634.50
  • Bangalore₹ 650.00
  • Bhubaneswar₹ 663.00
  • Chandigarh₹ 585.50
  • Hyderabad₹ 700.00
  • Jaipur₹ 626.50
  • Lucknow₹ 612.00
  • Patna₹ 730.00
  • Trivandrum₹ 634.50

A few facts about LPG in the country

The state leading with the highest production of natural gas in India is Assam. While many others like Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Jharkhand among others follow right behind. We have provided some details about a few of the top gas companies in India.

Some natural gas companies being used for commercial use
Essar Oil Limited

Essar Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Ltd owns a portfolio of about 1.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent in reserves and resources. It operates India’s highest producing CBM (Coal Bed Methane) blocks in Raniganj, West Bengal, and owns four other CBM blocks. Essar Oil is planning on getting into the domestic cooking gas, or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), distribution segment expected to expand by 60% in the next few years, with the assistance of Government targets for state firms to enroll 10 crore new cooking gas consumers.

At present, Essar produces about one million tonnes of LPG. In the non-subsidised LPG distribution business, Essar Oil looks to target those earning more than Rs 10 lakh a year, and not receiving a subsidy on purchase of LPG cylinders.

Gas Authority of India

Gail (India) Limited, formerly known as Gas Authority of India Limited is the largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company in India. Headquartered in New Delhi, it has business segments in natural gas, liquid hydrocarbon, liquefied petroleum gas transmission, petrochemical, city gas distribution, exploration and production, GAILTEL and electricity generation. GAIL was listed in the 131st position among India’s most trusted brands according to the Brand Trust Report 2014, a study conducted by the Trust Research Advisory.

In 2001, GAIL commissioned the world’s longest and India’s first cross-state LPG transmission pipeline running from Jamnagar in Gujarat to Loni in Uttar Pradesh. The total length of this LPG pipeline is 1415 km.

Tata Petrodyme

TPL was incorporated in 1993, originally promoted by Tata Industries Ltd with the objective of spearheading the group’s foray into the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry. TPL transformed from India focused operations to one with operational expertise and production beyond India as well. The Company holds a balanced portfolio of interests in licenses with the potential for providing major capital growth.

Tata Petrodyne has interest in 4 Blocks in India and 4 blocks abroad which are spread in both offshore and onshore areas. They also have operations in Indonesia and Tanzania.

Reliance Petroleum Limited

Reliance Gas packed LPG serves customers across Western India in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan through more than 2300 distribution outlets. Their products cater to different segments and can be used at domestically, by hotels and restaurants and for industrial applications. In industries, some of their uses are

  • Furnace heating
  • Ceramics
  • Poultry farming
  • Food processing
  • Annealing in glassware
  • Dye industry
  • Ship-wrecking / cutting process
  • Material drying
  • Steel and iron industry

Oil India Limited

Oil India Limited (OIL) came about with the Indian petroleum industry. From the discovery of crude oil in the far east of India at Digboi, Assam in 1889 to its present status as a fully integrated upstream petroleum company, OIL has come far. In 1961, it became a joint venture company between the Indian Government and Burmah Oil Company Limited, UK. In 1981, OIL became a wholly-owned Government of India enterprise. Today, OIL is a premier Indian National Oil Company engaged in the business of exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas, transportation of crude oil and production of LPG.

OIL has over 1 lakh sq km of PEL/ML areas for exploration and production, most of it in the Indian North East, accounting for its entire crude oil production and majority gas production. Rajasthan is the other producing area of OIL, contributing 10% of its total gas production. Additionally, OIL’s exploration activities are spread over onshore areas of Ganga Valley and Mahanadi. OIL also has participating interest in NELP exploration blocks in Mahanadi Offshore, Mumbai Deepwater, Krishna Godavari Deepwater, etc. as well as multiple overseas projects in Libya, Gabon, USA, Nigeria, and Sudan.

Benefits of LPG for Vehicle

  • Make sure the gas cylinder is kept vertically and not leaning on any side horizontally. This could cause gas leakages and other issues that could have dangerous effects.
  • Make sure the valve of the cylinder is not in line with the flame from the stove. This could be dangerous and could be the cause of unnecessary fires.
  • Make sure that the area where the cylinder is stored is away from the stove or lower.
  • Clean your valves and burners regularly to avoid blocks and leaks.
  • Whenever you are done using the stove, especially before bed or if leaving the house for a holiday, turn off the valve to avoid leaks.
  • When purchasing a cylinder, make sure that it is sealed. If it is not, there is a chance that it might have been used by someone else. Many even verify their cylinder weight to make sure it has been loaded to the right amount.
  • Do not light fires really close to the valves of the cylinder if it is connected to the stove.

Summing up

Indane, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Gas are the largest producers of LPG in India. Although the rest are building a presence in the Indian market, they are usually working with Industries in commercial uses and would take some time to pick up in the domestic sector.

If you are looking for a gas connection, sign up for one now. After submitting all your
documentation, you should have one within 30 days.