Diesel Gensets powering India's telecom towers

Last Modified: Sat Mar 07 2020 18:22:57 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 520,000
    Number of telecom towers operating in India based on a study compiled by the Oil Ministry to explore the potential use of natural gas in multiple sectors across states in India.
  • 2 billion litres
    Volume of diesel consumed each year by diesel generators employed to ensure the towers receive power 24x7.
  • 5 million tonnes
    of CO2 equivalent emissions on account of diesel use.
  • 40% - 50%
    of telecom tower operating costs are energy costs and a highly polluting source at that.
  • 90,000
    Number of telecom towers (20% of total) that do not run on diesel as of Dec 2016 (based on the TRAI consultation paper).
  • 182,000
    Number of towers that can be switched to be powered using natural gas (CNG) from diesel according to the same Oil Ministry study.
  • 326 million litres
    Reduction in diesel consumption if these towers switch to be powered by CNG.
  • Rs. 1,200 crore
    Investment potential over a period of 5 years with a payback period of 5 to 13 months.