GSPL starts Surat-Vapi gas pipeline
PM News Bureau
A 30-inch, 128 km Surat-Vapi gas pipeline has been started by
Gujarat State Petronet Ltd which is part of the Gujarat State Petroleum
Corporation. The pipeline will provide transmission services to important
markets in Gujarat from various supply sources.
The gas will be obtained from Shell's Hazira LNG terminal, Dahej PLL-LNG
terminal, GSPC`s Niko Hazira fields, Cairn's Suvali fields, and
Panna-Mukta-Tapti JV fields at Bombay High.
The corporation plans to lay about 2,200 km pipelines under the state's gas grid
project. At present, GSPC has a network of 1,200 km that supplies gas to 26
customers to the state's industrial towns.
The Vapi and Valsad region has become the industrial hub of south Gujarat. It
has over 3,000 manufacturing units that use fuels like HSD, LDO, LPG, lignite
and coal. The high cost of the fuels make end-products non-competitive with
respect to price in the international market. The cost of the final product will
be considerably reduced by the use of natural gas.
[04 June 2007]