New Delhi: Reliance Industries Ltd, which is building the nation’s largest gas pipeline, will connect to state-run GAIL India’s existing pipeline grid at three points in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure Ltd (RGTIL), a Reliance Group firm, is laying about 1,400-km long East-West pipeline from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh to Bharuch in Gujarat, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dinsha Patel said in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here.
RGTIL had in December 2007 signed a Gas Transmission Agreement with GAIL for using the state-run firm’s pipeline network to take the gas Reliance plans to produce from its eastern offshore KG-D6 fields to consumers.
East-West pipeline would be connected with GAIL’s Hazira -Vijaipur-Jagdishpur and Dahej-Vijaipur pipeline network at Ankot in Gujarat, Dahej-Uran and Dabhol-Panel pipeline network at Mashkal in Maharashtra and Krishna Godavari basin pipeline network at Oduru in Andhra Pradesh, Patel said.
Reliance plans to begin gas production from eastern offshore KG-D6 block from third quarter of 2008.
The company has made 25 oil and gas discoveries so far in the Krishna Godavari basin. Out of these, two finds namely Dhirubhai-1 and 3 have been estimated to be amongst the biggest gas discoveries of the world for the year 2002.
It would start natural gas production from Dhirubhai-1 and three discoveries in block KG-DWN-98/3 (KG-D6) at the rate of about 40 million standard cubic meters a day in the third quarter of 2008 with peak production of up to 80 mmscmd likely by 2011.