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Piped Cooking Gas, CNG To Now Cost Less As Govt Revises Pricing Formula

On Thursday, The Union Cabinet approved a new formula for the pricing of natural gas and imposed a cap or ceiling price to rein in runaway prices of CNG and piped cooking gas.

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The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved a new formula for the pricing of natural gas and imposed a cap or ceiling price to rein in runaway prices of CNG and piped cooking gas.
     
Natural gas produced from legacy or old fields, known as APM gas, will now be indexed to crude oil price instead of pricing it based on gas prices in surplus nations such as the US, Canada, and Russia, Union I&B Minister Anurag Thakur told reporters after a meeting of the Cabinet.
     
From April 1, APM gas will be priced at 10 per cent of the price of the basket of crude oil that India imports (Indian basket of crude oil). The rate arrived at however will be capped at USD 6.5 per million British thermal units as against the current gas price of USD 8.57 per mmBtu.
     
The price arrived at will also have a floor of USD 4 per mmBtu.
     
Rates will be decided every month instead of the current practice of bi-annual revision, he said.

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