Haryana City Gas expands beyond Gurgaon

Vol 14, PW 22 (05 May 11) Midstream & Downstream

Haryana City Gas is set to expand its retail gas operations beyond the fast-growing Delhi suburb of Gurgaon, India’s ‘call-centre capital.

’ PETROWATCH learns privately-owned Haryana Gas has begun laying a steel pipeline from Gurgaon to the rapidly developing industrial town of Manesar, some 30-km away. Manesar was once nothing more than a sleepy little village but over the past 20 years it has become home to factories run by mainly Japanese global multinationals like Toyota, Mitsubishi, Honda and Suzuki.

“There are many factories in Manesar (which could buy gas),” says a Haryana Gas source confidently. “We have finished laying a gas pipeline to supply the Honda motorcycle factory there.

” In Gurgaon, Haryana Gas already sells piped gas to about 1500 households, and plans to connect another 6500 by the end of 2011. “We’re also supplying piped gas to restaurants in 15 shopping malls and aim to add another 60 businesses to our client base by the end of this year,” we are told.

Haryana Gas aims to sell up to 20,000 cm/d to commercial customers like restaurants, hotels and businesses by the end of 2011 and to sell up to 100,000 cm/d to factories. By December this year, it aims to lay 80-km of steel pipeline and 90-km of plastic pipeline to connect Gurgaon factories and businesses.

Rising CNG demand in Gurgaon is giving Haryana Gas cause for cheer. Until May 2010, it was selling approximately 40,000-kg/day of CNG from three CNG stations but this has nearly doubled to 75,000-kg/day from five CNG stations today.

Haryana Gas expects to construct and commission another nine CNG stations by December 2011 in addition to the five it has already.