Gail approves Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline
A Business Correspondent
The board of Gail (India) Ltd has approved the 730-km Dabhol-Bangalore
gas pipeline. The 30" diameter pipeline designed to carry 16 mmscmd of gas will
need an investment of Rs 2,500 crore. The pipeline will carry regasified LNG
from the gas terminal of Ratnagiri Gas & Power Pvt. Ltd and supply it to
industrial clusters in Maharashtra and Karnataka. It will pass through Ratnagiri
and Kolhapur districts before entering Karnataka where it will travel across the
districts of Belgaum, Dharwad, Haveri, Davengere, Chitradurga, Tumkur and
Bangalore. The final investment approval will be subject to project appraisal,
customer identification and freezing of design parameters.
Other pipelines: The Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline is among the five new pipelines
for which Gail received authorisation in early 2007. The other four are:
Dadri-Bawana-Nangal, Chainsa-Gurgaon-Jhajjhar-Hissar, Jagdishpur-Haldia and
Gail will also be laying three pipelines to augment the capacities of
Dahej-Vijaipur pipeline, Vijaipur-Dadri pipeline, Vijaipur-Auraiya-Jagdishpur
pipeline. The carrying capacity of these three pipelines will be 74 mmscmd.
Impact: The total length of these eight new pipelines will be around 5,500 km
and will involve an investment of Rs 20,000 crore. When these are commissioned
by 2011-12, Gail's total pipeline network will increase to 12,000 km with an
aggregate carrying capacity of 300 mmscmd, as against the current 148 mmscmd.
[January 21-27, 2008]