By Our Correspondent
NEW DELHI/BHUBANESWAR: Minister of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan participated in the 2nd Annual India Leadership Summit of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum here on Monday.
While sharing his views on “India’s Role in Geo-politics of Energy”, in a conversation with Tim Roemer, Former Ambassador of US to India, Pradhan said “Today, India is the hotspot in energy investment destination in the world. Policy reforms introduced by the Government under leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi have further simplified doing business in India.I invite all energy players to bring their technology & investment here & become a part of India’s growth story.”
He said that the Country has moved to open, transparent, process-driven policy atmosphere, and all are welcome to invest. The investing Companies must bring technology, capital and good business models to India.
Speaking about India’s efforts towards decarbonisation, he said, “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is expanding its footprints in carbon-free energy, including renewables and bio-energy. Technology and innovation can become game changers for India’s quest for decarbonising and developing into a gas-based economy for a cleaner & sustainable energy future.” He said that India had set an ambitious target of producing 175 GW energy through renewable energy sources which has been further enhanced to 450 GW.
Dwelling upon the issues of ethanol and bio-energy, he further added, “From less than 1% ethanol blending in 2015, we have increased our EBP to 6%. We are working to push up the percentage even further. Bioenergy is also being pushed in a big way with Govt’s focus on ways to monetise the 600MT of non-fossilised biomass available in the country.” He said that 10 billion dollars investment is to be made in setting up ethanol plants in the country.The US can collaborate with us through deployment of its technological innovations and capital resources in India and become partner in India’s bio-fuel revolution, he added.
Talking about India-US partnership, Minister Pradhan said, “Energy is increasingly an important component of our bilateral trade. Our crude oil import from USA was almost nil in 2014. Now, the total import of petroleum products from USA including LNG in 2018-19 stood at over 7 billion dollars, and is likely to go up further this year.”
On the issue of India’s role in global energy landscape, he added, “Growth in global energy consumption will be driven by India. India’s vibrant market presents immense opportunity.World is moving towards a new energy model. We are committed to implement PM Modi’s vision which will ensure that India leads the global energy transition.”India is going to lead energy transformation in the country, he added.