New Delhi: Oil regulator PNGRB has once again extended the bid deadline for licences to retail CNG and piped cooking gas in 14 cities, including Bengaluru and Pune, by one month to 11 August.

Bid for the latest round of City Gas Distribution (CGD) licences were originally due on 11 February but the regulator in January extended the deadline to 12 May. On 23 April, it extended bid deadline to 10 July and now it has further pushed it back to 11 August.

“Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has again received requests from various prospective bidders/entities such as Hindustan Petroleum Co. Ltd, Bharat Petroleum Co. Ltd, Oil and Natural Gas Co. Ltd, Oil India Ltd, Indian Oil-Adani Gas Pvt. Ltd combine, GAIL Gas Ltd and Kerala Gail Gas Ltd for further extension of bid closing date ranging from one month to three months.

“Considering such requests received from a number of stakeholders/prospective bidders, in the interest of enhancing competition, it has been decided to further revise the time schedule of bid," the PNGRB said in a notice.

Accordingly, the last date for sale of bid document will now be 4 August and bids will close by 1200 hours on 11 August. “It may please be noted that no further request for time extension shall be entertained by the Board," it said.

PNGRB had in September last year invited bids for development of CGD networks in Eranakulam in Kerala; Rangareddy/Medak, Nalgonda and Khammam in Andhra Pradesh; Bengaluru rural and urban districts in Karnataka; Raigarh, Pune and Thane in Maharashtra; Daman; Dadar & Nagar Haveli; Shahjahanpur in UP; Guna in MP; Panipat in Haryana and Amritsar in Punjab.

Bidders have been asked to quote the tariff they will charge for the pipeline network to be laid in the city and the compression charge for dispensing CNG (compressed natural gas) over the next 25 years.

They have also been asked to quote the inch-kilometre of steel pipelines they will lay during first five years and the number of domestic consumers proposed to be connected by piped natural gas, according to the regulator. The cities offered for bidding include those that PNGRB had offered in the fourth CGD round in September 2010.

The regulator had, however, cancelled the round in November 2011. In the fourth round, licences for Ernakulam in Kerala; Rangareddy/Medak, Nalgonda and Khammam in Andhra Pradesh; Alibag/Pen and Lonavala/Khapoli in Maharashtra; Guna in MP and Shahjahanpur in UP were offered. The current round is being called 4th round of CGD bidding, PNGRB said in the notice inviting bids.

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