Gujarat Petronet plans Mundra R-LNG pipeline

Vol 19, PW 22 (14 Jul 16) Midstream & Downstream

A pipeline laying tender worth Rs1058.40cr ($159m) is likely to be out in the market by next year as Gujarat State Petronet prepares to meet the R-LNG evacuation needs of sister company GSPC's upcoming Mundra terminal.

PETROWATCH learns Gujarat Petronet wants to lay a 36-inch diameter, 196.14-km R-LNG evacuation pipeline from Anjar in Kutch district to Chotila in Surendranagar district, both in Gujarat. By the end of this year Gujarat Petronet will begin pre-project activities including a detailed route survey, engineering design and obtaining RoU, RoW and other statutory clearances.

This process will take about 18 months while laying the pipeline, testing and commissioning will take another 18 months. "We applied for environmental clearance on May 5," says a senior Gujarat Petronet source.

"We're expecting it anytime now." Gujarat Petronet proposed the pipeline as the established pipeline network does not meet the total transportation volume required by the 5m t/y Mundra terminal, expected to be commissioned in phases from July 2017.

Mundra's designed capacity is 18.5m cm/d but the pipeline will have a 23.13m cm/d capacity. "We've considered 25% extra pipeline capacity to handle different pressure conditions," we hear.

This Anjar to Chotila pipeline is the interlinking pipeline for another proposed pipeline from Mundra to Anjar. Ratatalav village near Anjar will be the receiving terminal for the Mundra to Anjar pipeline and the dispatch terminal for the Anjar to Chotila pipeline for which the receiving terminal will be at Ratanpur village near Chotila.