Rain delays Panipat to Jalandhar pipeline

Vol 12, PW 8 (04 Sep 08) News in Brief

Heavy monsoon rains have delayed Indian Oil’s effort to finish laying a 275-km-long, 10-inch diameter (steel) LPG pipeline from Panipat in Haryana to Jalandhar in Punjab.

“Work has been severely affected by the rains,â€‌ says a source. “There has been so much rain in the past few weeks both in Haryana and Punjab that the work almost came to a standstill.

â€‌ Indian Oil had set an August target to complete India’s third exclusive LPG pipeline hoping the monsoon, which normally runs from June to September, would wane. “Now, the pipeline is expected to be completed in September,â€‌ we hear.

Indian Oil has completed most of the physical work and hopes to start purging the pipeline by end-September. PETROWATCH also learns Indian Oil will first fill the pipeline with water and then nitrogen to check for leaks.

“This line will require 2400 tonnes of LPG as â€کline-fill.’ IOC moves 1000 tonnes of LPG per day from its Panipat refinery to the LPG bottling plant so it needs to “produce an additional 2400 tonnes to fill the line,â€‌ we hear.