Adani wants to double gas customers in 12 months

Vol 13, PW 2 (02 Jul 09) Midstream & Downstream

Ahmedabad-based Adani Energy is set to become the first gas retailer in Gujarat to receive official recognition by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board as an â€کauthorised’ gas retailer – enabling it to begin a massive expansion drive that could see it double its piped gas customer base within the next 12 months.

Figures correct on June 26 reveal that in Ahmedabad Adani supplies 300,000 cm/d to 50,681 households; 100,000 cm/d to 446 restaurants, hotels and other commercial establishments; and 1.7m cm/d to 306 factories. But within 12 months it wants to add 40,000 customers, some within two areas of the old walled city, where it is supplying gas for the first time.

Until now, only western parts of Ahmedabad are linked to gas. “Adding 40,000 new customers is a huge number,â€‌ Adani tells us.

“But we can do it.â€‌ In the next six months Adani plans first gas to the following areas: Khanpur, Jamalpur, Shahi Baug, Shah-e-Aalam, Bopal, Sabarmati and Ghodasar.

More, industrial areas like Naroda, Narol, Vatwa and Odhav, which already receive gas for factories, will now begin receiving gas for homes. Beyond Ahmedabad, Adani wants to extend its reach with 8-inch diameter pipelines to the satellite towns of Changodar and Sanand.

Padra town and the Makarpura industrial estate in Vadodara are also targetted. “We are planning to go to Dholka too,â€‌ adds Adani, “and have started to build a CNG station at Bawla.

â€‌ Adani receives a total 5.58m cm/d from GSPC. Around 4.81m cm/d is supplied to Ahmedabad, while 770,000 cm/d is supplied to Vadodara.

Most of the gas is consumed by 42 CNG stations across Ahmedabad, which together account for 2.71m cm/d. In Vadodara, Adani supplies 300,000 cm/d to 69 industrial customers and seven CNG stations, which consume 470,000 cm/d.

In Ahmedabad it operates a total pipeline network of 1685-km of which 1562-km is plastic piping and 123-km is steel piping. In Vadodara, it operates 14-km of plastic piping and 33-km of steel piping.