The roll-out of natural gas infrastructure in India is gaining momentum as GAIL India Ltd, the state-owned public utility under the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, completes awards for construction of the Jagdishpur-Haldia & Bokaro-Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL) and Barauni – Guwahati Pipeline (BGPL) pipeline. This is essential for India to achieve its commitment to increase the uptake of natural gas for transportation.
GAIL has completed awards for all major contracts worth Rs. 10,500 crore (USD 1.51 billion) for pipe supply and laying for the integrated 3,400 km. long project.
GAIL has placed an order worth Rs. 475 crore for steel line pipes of approx. 280 km. to provide pipeline connectivity from Durgapur to Haldia including spur line to Kolkata in West Bengal. To date, the company has committed over Rs. 12,500 crore for the project.
The pipeline has already reached Barauni and the Patna City Gas Distribution network (CGD). This is a major milestone towards providing green fuel to the eastern part of the country. The work for balance portion is going on in full swing and is scheduled to be completed by December 2021 in a phased manner. The construction work of Dobhi – Durgapur Pipeline section is likely to be completed by December 2019.
GAIL is currently executing around 5,500 km. of pipeline related projects for Rs. 25,000 crore to provide gas supply largely to areas of Eastern and Southern parts of the country. Another 1,400 km. pipeline involving capex of Rs. 7,000 crore is under evaluation which is targeted to be completed by 2023. These pipeline projects by GAIL will be part of the National Gas Grid providing Natural Gas to areas hitherto untouched by the green fuel.
Shri B. C. Tripathi, Chairman & Managing Director, GAIL (India) Limited said, “GAIL is committed towards creating the National Gas Grid providing Natural Gas connectivity throughout the country. GAIL will soon raise loan for the upcoming huge Capex programme for laying Natural Gas related infrastructure.”
In February this year, India’s Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan launched a Dealer Owned Dealer Operated (DODO) model for setting up CNG stations.
India currently has more than 3.3 millions natural gas vehicles operating, predominantly in major cities.
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