Taking all possible safety and security measures and to prevent any potential leakages of highly potent greenhouse gas, methane in its day-to-day operations, state-owned gas company, GAIL (India) Ltd-— the largest natural gas handling company in India—has decided to be part of the natural gas Star programme of the United States.
The programme aimed at reducing methane emissions from its natural gas operations in a cost-effective manner is a partnership between the United States’ environment protection agency (EPA) and the oil and natural gas industry.
At present, over 120 US companies and 13 non-US companies including India’s ONGC are partners to this program
“Given the huge quantity of the highly potent green-house gas (methane) being handled by GAIL, we have to be extremely conscious of any potential leakages in our day-to-day operations,” said a senior company official.
Accordingly, GAIL has decided to shortly ink a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with America’s EPA for joining the natural gas star programme.
After carbon-dioxide, the most widespread green house gas is methane and the potential to damage by methane is 21 times of carbon-dioxide.
Although natural gas is a clean source of energy, methane losses from natural gas systems account for 18% of total world-wide methane emissions. Therefore preventing leakage of methane into the atmosphere is of great importance in the efforts to control global warming.