Rebirth of Mallavaram to Bhilwara pipeline

Vol 19, PW 24 (11 Aug 16) Midstream & Downstream

Not just the Mehsana to Bhatinda pipeline but now the Mallavaram to Bhilwara pipeline project has also miraculously resurrected.

"We should be issuing a fresh tender to lay the pipeline this month (August)," confirms a Gujarat Petronet source. "All clearances are in place and fresh engineering is completed." Originally awarded to Gujarat Petronet in 2011 the Mallavaram to Bhilwara project had seen no movement since bids in the previous scrapped tender were received in May 2014.

But now the 1881-km pipeline has been re-designed after considering the lack of customers on stretches of the original route. This long-delayed project also received a boost after Gujarat Petronet signed a Gas Transmission Agreement on July 8, 2016 with state-owned Ramagundam Fertilizers & Chemicals which will soak up 2m cm/d for 20 years at its fertiliser factory in the Karimnagar district of Telengana.

Ramagundam will be supplied from the Mallavaram landfall point for Deen Dayal gas. "Our original route had a stretch going from Dahod to Bina," adds Gujarat Petronet.

"Instead the pipeline will now first go to Ramagundam then to Bina." Till the pipeline is laid, Ramagundam will receive gas through Reliance and GAIL pipelines. Gujarat Petronet has also identified three other anchor customers: Nagarjuna Fertilisers at Kakinada; National Fertilizers at Guna in Madhya Pradesh; and Bharat Petroleum's Bina refinery, also in Madhya Pradesh.