GAIL shelves pipeline

Vol 15, PW 20 (19 Apr 12) News in Brief

No one at GAIL will say it openly but industry sources are convinced it has once and for all shelved plans to lay a 2050-km gas pipeline from Jagdishpur in Uttar Pradesh to Haldia in West Bengal.

“My friends at GAIL have told me to stop waiting for business from the Jagdishpur to Haldia pipeline,” says a pipeline laying contractor. “GAIL has shelved the project because domestic gas supplies are not available.

” GAIL’s proposed pipeline with diameters ranging from 12-inches to 36-inches and a designed capacity to transport 16m cm/d of gas was expected to cost $2bn. GAIL appointed Tractebel as the Project Management Consultant in January 2010.

Tractebel began basic engineering and design work last March (2011) but nothing has moved since. Oil ministry officials authorised GAIL to lay the Jagdishpur to Haldia pipeline on July 13, 2007.

GAIL wanted to feed the pipeline with D6 gas from Reliance’s proposed 928-km Kakinada to Haldia pipeline, also unlikely to see light of day.

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