Mehsana to Bhatinda pipeline bids

Vol 17, PW 8 (14 Nov 13) News in Brief

Gujarat State Petronet (GSPL) might finally begin laying the much-delayed $1bn (Rs6500cr) gas pipeline from Mehsana in Gujarat to Bhatinda in Punjab in early 2014.

A GSPL-led consortium is preparing to invite bids from EPC contractors in December. GSPL (52%) shares the 1625-km project with IOC (26%), HPCL (11%) and BPCL (11%).

Among those likely to bid are Corrtech, Jai Hind Projects, Punj Lloyd, L&T, Essar, Fabtech, Turkey's Fernas, UAE’s Tecton Engineering, Kazakhstan's KazStroyService and Russia's Zen Gas. Special purpose vehicle GSPL India Gasnet (GIGL) first invited bids in late 2012 but cancelled the tender because of the Gujarat elections.

Environment ministry clearances came through on April 23 this year for the main 36-inch diameter 840-km pipeline and 785-km of spur lines with 8-inch, 12-inch, 18-inch and 24-inch diameters. GIGL is also planning a separate 750-km pipeline from Bhatinda to Srinagar.