GSPL connects Bhuj

Vol 15, PW 11 (01 Dec 11) News in Brief

A decade after it was hit by a devastating earthquake which killed 20,000 people, Bhuj city is set to be connected to the Gujarat gas grid.

PETROWATCH learns Gujarat State Petronet (GSPL) wants to lay a 12-inch diameter, 35-km gas pipeline from Anjar town in Gujarat’s arid Kutch district to Bhuj. Anjar in turn is connected to the gas grid through an 18-inch diameter, 129-km pipeline running from Morbi in Gujarat’s Rajkot district and also passing through the coastal town of Mundra.

GSPL says it wants to lay a separate 12-inch diameter, 104-km gas pipeline in eastern Gujarat to connect Dahod town with Halol city, where General Motors has a car factory. It has issued tenders for both projects and wants interested pipeline laying contractors to submit ‘techno-commercial’ offers by December 21.

Gujarat is the only Indian state with such a widespread gas pipeline network. “Our grid is almost 1874-km long now,” adds GSPL.

“But by mid-2013 we will increase it to 3000-km.”