Panaji: GAIL (India) Ltd, the nation’s biggest natural gas distributor, has proposed extending its planned Dabhol-Bangalore gas pipeline to Goa to meet the fuel needs of the country’s hottest tourist destination.
GAIL chairman and managing director U D Choubey made a proposal for extending the Dabhol-Bangalore line to Goa during a meeting with the state Chief Minister Digambar Kamat here today.
“Our board has already given an in-principle approval for laying of the 730-km Dabhol-Bangalore gas pipeline at an estimated investment of Rs2,500 crore. We have proposed to extend this to Goa by laying a spur line of about 120 km,” Choubey said.
Depending on the source and customer tie-up, the 30-inch Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline shall be designed to carry 16 million standard cubic meters per day of gas.
“We have proposed the spur to Goa to meet the industrial demand in the state as also to set up city gas distribution network in major cities for retailing CNG (compressed natural gas) to automobiles and supplying piped gas to households and commercial establishments for cooking purpose,” Choubey said.
The route of the proposed Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline is from R-LNG terminal of Ratnagiri Gas and Power Pvt Ltd (RGPPL) at Dabhol in Maharashtra up to Bangalore. The pipeline will pass through Ratnagiri and Kolhapur districts of Maharashtra; and Belgaum, Dharwad, Haveri, Davangere, Chitradurga, Tumkur and Bangalore districts of Karnataka. With this pipeline, natural gas from RGPPLs R-LNG Terminal can be supplied to industrial clusters in the state of Maharashtra and Karnataka and with the extension, even to Goa.
The DabholBangalore pipeline is among the 5 new pipelines for which GAIL has already received authorization in the first quarter of 2007. The other pipelines for which approval has been granted are: DadriBawanaNangal pipeline, Chainsa-GurgaonJhajjharHissar pipeline, JagdishpurHaldia pipeline, and KochiKanjirkkod-Bangalore / Mangalore pipeline.
Besides, GAIL will be laying three pipelines to augment the capacities of DahejVijaipur pipeline, VijaipurDadri pipeline, VijaipurAuraiyaJagdishpur pipeline.
The carrying capacity of these three pipelines shall be 74 mmscmd. The total length of the new pipelines will be around 5,500 km and the estimated investment on these would be Rs 20,000 crore.
When all these pipelines are commissioned by 2011-12, the total length of GAILs pipelines would be over 12,000 km and the capacity is expected to increase from 148 mmscmd at present to around 300 mmscmd, GAIL CMD U D Choubey said.
“These 8 new pipelines to be laid by GAIL will form part of an integrated national gas grid in the country. These pipelines will also enable GAIL to maintain its dominant position in the gas transmission and distribution business,” he said.
The integrated gas pipeline network will also enable development of city gas distribution projects in the country by catering to a large number of cities and towns falling in the catchment area of the existing and future pipeline networks and GAIL shall have a distinct advantage and edge over other players.