Forest hurdles block GSPL pipelines

Vol 18, PW 22 (02 Jul 15) News in Brief

Gujarat State Petronet is now blaming the delay in opening price bids to lay three cross country gas pipelines on pending forest clearances.

A GSPL source says bidders in the last week of May extended till August 26 the validity of price bids for the 670-km Mehsana to Bhatinda pipeline; the 740-km Bhatinda to Jammu pipeline; and the 1881-km Mallavaram to Bhilwara pipeline. "Maharashtra and Telengana have yet to give forest clearances while Madhya Pradesh has given it," he says.

"Nobody tells us the status of our application. If we follow-up regularly they get offended." Worse officers handling the application are frequently transferred.

GSPL also blames the lack of commercial quantities of gas from GSPC's Deen Dayal field, Reliance's KG-D6 block and ONGC blocks. "We are certainly going ahead with the pipelines," asserts GSPL.

"Or else we would have wound them up long ago." L&T, Kalpataru, Essar Projects, Punj Lloyd, KazStroy, and Fernas submitted bids in May 2014.