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IGX will feature multiple buyers and sellers trading in spot and forward contracts at designated physical hubs
IGX is India’s first automated national level trading platform to promote and sustain an efficient and robust gas market and foster gas trading in the country.
IGX is India’s first automated national level trading platform to promote and sustain an efficient and robust gas market and foster gas trading in the country.
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PTI   |   New Delhi   |   Published 14.06.20, 09:11 PM

India will on Monday get its very own natural gas trading platform that will help discover local market price for gas through transparent demand-supply matching.

Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan will launch the Indian Gas Exchange (IGX) to kick start natural gas trading, official sources said.

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IGX is India’s first automated national level trading platform to promote and sustain an efficient and robust gas market and foster gas trading in the country.

The platform will feature multiple buyers and sellers trading in spot and forward contracts at designated physical hubs. IGX is a neutral and transparent market-place where both buyers and sellers will trade gas as the underlying commodity.

The contracts traded at IGX are for compulsory specific physical delivery and settlement of the trade is subject to the condition that such contracts are non-transferable in nature and without any netting-off thereby.

Sources said IGX will enable efficient and competitive discovery of gas prices and one of its most important objectives is also to maintain market integrity.

Initially, trading is proposed to commence at the physical hubs at Hazira and Dahej in Gujarat and Oduru/Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. Going forward, new hubs would be introduced, they said.

For price discovery, the exchange will invite time scheduled bids from buyers and sellers, on which a price discovery mechanism will be run to settle delivery of gas.

It will offer six market products — day-ahead, daily, weekly, weekdays, fortnightly and monthly. Some of these contracts will be available on Day 1 of trading, that is June 15, while some will be introduced later, they said. IGX has held three mock trading sessions (March 20, April 9 and May 21) with significant participation from the industry. 



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