New Delhi: State-run gas utility GAIL (India) Ltd and Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) will set up a joint venture firm for laying pipelines to transport natural gas found off the east coast of India.
“GAIL and ONGC have finalised a draft MoU for setting up of a joint venture for laying and operating gas pipeline network in respect of exploitation of possible gas discovery in Krishna Godavari and Mahanadi basins,” Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dinsha Patel said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.
ONGC has struck gas reserves off the Andhra and Orissa coasts and is looking at plans to evacuate the gas to consumption centres.
The joint venture will transport gas to the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and in the east to West Bengal.
GAIL plans to lay a pipeline from Jagdishpur in Uttar Pradesh (where its trunk Hazira-Vajaipur-Jagdishpur pipeline ends) to Haldia near Kolkatta.
It is also extending the Dahej-Panel pipeline to transport gas from Gujarat import point to Dabhol power project in Maharashtra, to Goa and onwards to Mangalore (and Bangalore) and to Kochi, inter-conneting all the LNG import terminals — Petronet’s Dahej terminal with Shell’s Hazira, Dabhol receipt facility, ONGC’s possible terminal at Mangalore and Petronet’s under-construction Kochi terminal in Kerala.
“GAIL is operating more than 5600-km of pipelines with a capacity of around 130 million standard cubic meters per day for transportation of natural gas to various customers in the country,” Patel said.