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India’s Gas Use Returns to Pre-Covid Level in Smog-Killing Quest

  • GAIL expects to be able to use all its U.S. supply in FY 2022
  • Long-haul transport, fertilizer and oil refining to boost use
Operations Inside Kolkata And Haldia Ports As Imports and Exports Fall
Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

India’s natural gas demand has rebounded to above pre-pandemic levels amid the country’s drive to boost consumption of the cleanest fossil fuel to rid skies of toxic smog.

Demand is rising across several sectors, especially city gas, fertilizers and petrochemicals, with long-haul transport poised to start using LNG in trucks, said E.S. Ranganathan, marketing director of GAIL India Ltd., the nation’s biggest gas utility. Consumption in October was above 2019 levels for the first time since June.