Sabarmati expands despite flagging gas sales

Vol 16, PW 15 (21 Feb 13) Midstream & Downstream

Believe it or not Gujarat-based gas retailer Sabarmati Gas is determined to aggressively expand its CGD network despite flagging demand.

Sabarmati believes connecting more factories to its gas grid is the only way to increase sales and beat the economic slowdown. “Within the next six months we plan to provide gas at four new and emerging industrial clusters around our established supply areas of Gandhinagar, Sabarkantha and Mehsana,” says a Sabarmati source.

Sabarmati, he adds, plans to complete a 4-inch diameter, 20-km steel pipeline by June from ancient Visnagar city, once known as the 'copper city', to the industrial cluster of Vadnagar on its outskirts. Sabarmati plans to supply gas to three small factories at Vadnagar in Mehsana district.

Also by June, Sabarmati should complete another 4-inch diameter, 20-km steel pipeline from tiny Mansa city to rapidly industrialising Vijapur in Mehsana to supply five or six factories. And by September Sabarmati will complete a 4-inch diameter, 30-km steel pipeline from Himmatnagar town (literally meaning 'town of courage') to Idar city in Sabarkantha district, formerly the seat of a princely state.

Sabarmati will supply gas to factories in the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) estate in Idar. In September, Sabarmati will also commission a 4-inch diameter, 30-km steel pipeline from Prantij to Rozad in Sabarkantha to supply five or six factories in the GIDC industrial estate at Talod, 5-km away.

"We have lined up initial customers in these clusters," says Sabarmati. "More customers will sign up once gas supplies begin.

" Sabarmati expects to be selling a total 60,000 cm/d in the next six months at Vadnagar, Vijapur, Idar, and Talod.

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