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Small-Scale Liquefied Natural Gas (SSLNG) unit (Vijaipur)



Source: IE

 Context: India recently commissioned its first Small-Scale Liquefied Natural Gas (SSLNG) unit at GAIL’s Vijaipur complex in Madhya Pradesh.

The government aims to increase the share of natural gas in its energy mix to 15% by 2030 (up from slightly over 6% currently), recognizing its environmental benefits and cost advantages over conventional fuels.


What is SSLNG?

Small-Scale Liquefied Natural Gas, refers to the liquefaction of natural gas on a smaller scale than traditional large-scale operations. SSLNG enables the distribution of natural gas to industrial and commercial consumers in regions where conventional pipeline infrastructure is not available.



Feature SSLNG (Small Scale LNG) LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas)
Scale Smaller liquefaction plants, lower capacity Larger liquefaction plants have, much higher capacity
Transportation Cryogenic trucks, small vessels Large LNG tankers
Target Market Remote areas without pipeline infrastructure, specific Large-scale industrial users, power generation
Regasification May or may not require regasification Requires regasification for pipeline distribution
Infrastructure Lower investment needs, faster deployment Higher investment needs, complex infrastructure