AG&P Pratham Joins ‘National PNG Drive’ with a Record Target of Over 50,000 PNG Connections in Two Months The role of gas to recovery

AGP Pratham  |  07 May, 2024

  • Kick-started the participation with the unveiling of the inaugural PNG connection under this drive in Kancheepuram by Dr. Anil Kumar Jain, Chairperson of PNGRB
  • Plans to provide around 10,000 PNG connections in Tamil Nadu, as part of its larger commitment
  • Announced lucrative incentives to propel adoption of piped natural gas among households

National 28th January, 2024: Fuelling the drive towards a gas-based economy, AG&P Pratham proudly announced its active participation in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board’s (PNGRB) National PNG Drive by pledging an ambitious target of installing 53,136 new PNG connections across five states it operates in India within the next two months. As part of this, the company also announced its plans to provide around 10,000 PNG connections in Tamil Nadu by the end of the March, 2024. Marking the beginning of this journey for AG&P Pratham, Dr. Anil Kumar Jain, Chairperson of PNGRB, unveiled the inaugural PNG connection in Kancheepuram GA in the presence of Mr. Abhilesh Gupta, Manging Director & CEO, AG&P Pratham, Mr. Atsunori Akasobe from Osaka Gas and other dignitaries.  Followed by this, Dr. Anil Kumar Jain also launched AG&P Pratham’s LCNG station, Semmenchery by inaugurating CNG filling for vehicles.

To boost PNG adoption, AG&P Pratham has launched exclusive schemes and benefits for its new users under this drive by offering Free Gas for one month, Zero Security Deposit, Zero Registration Fee, Zero EMI and Zero Rental Charges. These attractive offerings underscore AG&P Pratham's commitment to facilitating a seamless transition to Piped Natural Gas (PNG). By aligning these efforts with the goals of PNGRB, the company is actively contributing to the expansion of the PNG consumer base, making cleaner energy solutions accessible to a broader segment of the population.

While inaugurating the Company’s first PNG connection in Semmencherry, Kancheepuram under this drive, Dr. Anil Kumar Jain, Chairperson of PNGRB, said, “Tamil Nadu has been paving the way for green fuel adoption. Tamil Nadu’s unique landscape that is equipped with coastal regions, industrial clusters, defence that provide greater potential for green fuel adoption. Post this national PNG drive campaign we intend to launch, a CNG drive to make this transition faster.”  

Adding to this, Dr. Anil Kumar Jain said “Change and choice are two crucial elements while making a decision for a household. How LPG ushered in the next phase of change and was seen as a better choice among consumers, when compared to wood as a fuel, today the same consumer has PNG as an alternative to LPG. I believe that change is always for better and I’m confident that the consumer will continue to make a better choice. In this regard, I appreciate PNG providers like AG&P Pratham for making great strides in convincing households to make the right choice for a better tomorrow.”

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Abhilesh Gupta, Managing Director and CEO of AG&P Pratham, stated, "We extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. Anil Kumar Jain – Chairperson of PNGRB and all its members for spearheading this crucial nationwide initiative, a catalyst that will bolster the adoption of Piped Natural Gas (PNG) across the country. We have launched a very attractive scheme in this occasion. The includes waiver of registration of Rs. 354 and Security Deposit of Rs. 6000. AG&P is also offering free gas for one month to customers who start consuming gas by 31st of March’ 24. With these scheme elements, PNG will be more affordable than LPG and when this cost advantage adds on the safety and convenience of PNG, I am confident that every household in the area will adopt PNG. We also advocate women empowerment under this we ensure that more than 50% of the workforce involved in Direct Marketing are women."

With a robust PNG infrastructure spanning five states, AG&P Pratham is dedicated to providing households with a sustainable and cost-efficient alternative. The Company’s PNG connections prioritize safety, convenience, and affordability, seamlessly replacing traditional LPG practices. Transitioning to PNG with AG&P Pratham not only guarantees uninterrupted supply but also delivers significant cost savings of 15-25% compared to LPG cylinders. In addition to these financial advantages, AG&P Pratham’s PNG connections ensure a secure and hassle-free daily usage experience, eliminating the need for booking, storage, and handling of LPG cylinders. Being at the forefront of driving positive change in India's energy landscape, AG&P Pratham looks forward to ushering in a new era of environmentally conscious and cost-effective energy solutions for communities across the nation, fostering a sustainable future in the long run.

About AG&P Pratham

AG&P Pratham is the leading international player in the Indian City Gas Distribution (CGD) industry. AG&P Pratham holds 12 CGD licenses awarded by the Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) to exclusively provide natural gas for everyday use in 37 Districts in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Rajasthan. The exclusive rights cover the supply of Piped Natural Gas (PNG) to households, industrial, commercial, non-commercial, and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for use in vehicles. These CGD networks will cover 278,000 square kilometres, 17,000 inch-km of pipeline and over 1,500 new CNG stations.

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