PNGRB to award CGD-VI licences by March

Vol 19, PW 11 (11 Feb 16) Midstream & Downstream
     

More than 50 companies are waiting to hear by next month (March) whether they’ve won gas marketing licences in the sixth and largest auction of cities ever carried out by the PNGRB gas regulator.

Evaluation of bids by a record 56 companies for 20 geographical areas of 34 on offer by the January 15 deadline are underway, confirms a PNGRB source. “Receiving bids for so many areas and from so many companies is a record!” he tells us.

As expected North Goa, with its popular beaches and accompanying tourist industry of hotels and restaurants, attracted the biggest response with seven bids: Indraprastha Gas, Mahanagar Gas, Maharashtra Natural Gas, HPCL, a consortium of GAIL Gas and Bharat Petroleum, Unison Enviro and Mahesh Resources. Rewari in Haryana, known for its heritage steam locomotive museum, also saw keen competition with six bids from IGL, HPCL, GSPL, IOAGPL, a consortium of SKN and Haryana City Gas Distribution, and a Mahesh Resources-led consortium.

Holy city Fatehgarh Sahib in Punjab received four bids from IOAGPL, GAIL Gas, IRM Energy and a Mahesh Resources-led consortium. In south Gujarat, the Dahej-Vagra area received four bids from Gujarat Gas, Adani Gas, a Mahesh-led consortium and Unison Enviro.

Gujarat’s largest city Ahmedabad (excluding the area already authorised) saw three bids from Gujarat Gas, Adani and Unison. Gujarat’s Panchmahals district received bids from Gujarat Gas, GSPL, IRM Energy and Unison.

Anand saw bids from Gujarat Gas, GSPL and IRM.