The first phase of the Jagdishpur-Haldia pipline project of GAIL (India) Ltd commenced on Monday after Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas inaugurated the project office in Patna.
“Jagdishpur-Haldia Pipeline has been heralded onto the national agenda as part of Government’s vision of doubling the natural gas pipeline network to over 30 000 km in next five years,” the company said in a statement.
GAIL is taking up the first phase of this pipeline, which involves laying of approximately 750 km of pipeline at an estimated expenditure of Rs3957 crore. The capacity of Phase-I Pipeline is 7.4 million m3/d and that of entire Jagdishpur – Haldia Pipeline will be 16 million m3/d.
“While supplying gas to anchor load customers like Gorakhpur and Barauni fertilizer plants and Barauni Refinery, the first phase of the pipeline will also cater to domestic needs through city gas distribution development in cities like Varanasi and Patna when the authorisations for the same are accorded by Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB),” GAIL’s statement added.
Of the total 750 km in the first phase, 413 km of pipeline will be laid in Bihar covering nine districts.
“The Jagdishpur-Haldia pipeline is a crucial infrastructure project that can make available clean and green fuel to develop the states in Eastern India,” said Pradhan.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Monday that the laying of a gas pipeline for the domestic supply of compressed natural gas (CNG) in the state capital would begin in July.
The city gas pipeline network will be part of the Haldia-Jagdishpur pipeline project of Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL).
Edited from various sources by Elizabeth Corner
Sources: The Hindu Business Line, Times of India