Focus to pipe SGL gas to Gujarat and beyond

Vol 19, PW 3 (08 Oct 15) Midstream & Downstream

Shifting sand dunes and camel safaris aside, Rajasthan has little to offer gas producers.

Covered by the Thar desert, the state has relatively few factories, prompting London-listed Focus Energy to look elsewhere. Focus has decided the best way to commercialise gas production from its isolated 176-sq km SGL field, ring-fenced inside RJ-ON/6 on the Pakistan border, is to pipe it to commercial hotspots in Gujarat and Maharashtra.

SGL produces around 950,000 cm/d but Focus reckons it can increase production to 3m cm/d in two years. Earlier plans to set up a LNG liquefaction facility have been abandoned in favour of a pipeline south and this month Focus is evaluating EoIs received on October 12 for a 24-inch diameter, 506.6-km pipeline to Mehsana in Gujarat.

“Focus is talking to Gujarat State Petronet to supply gas to its Mehsana terminal,” confirms a source. "From this hub the gas can be piped to Gujarat and Maharashtra, the most developed gas markets in India.

" Today Focus supplies all SGL production to a 270-MW power station at Ramgarh in Rajasthan but is unhappy with this arrangement as Ramgarh routinely and abruptly cuts gas offtake when power demand drops. Focus is eyeing alternatives and what it hopes will be more reliable customers, like the soon-to-be-revived 1967-MW power station at Dabhol in Maharashtra or the Torrent-promoted 1447.50-MW power station at Sugen in Gujarat.

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