New Koyali to Viramgam pipeline plan from IOC

Vol 19, PW 6 (19 Nov 15) Midstream & Downstream

IndianOil’s Koyali to Viramgam petroleum product pipeline has a long history of accidents and leaks in the 37 years of operation since it was laid in 1978.

But that will hopefully be a thing of the past. IndianOil's pipeline division is poised to issue a tender to replace the 18-inch diameter, 141-km multi-product pipeline.

"We have finalised a tender to buy pipe,” IOC director (pipelines) Anish Aggarwal confirms to this report. “The tender to lay the pipeline will be issued this month (November).

" In mid-October, he adds, IndianOil issued a purchase order to Ahmedabad-based Ratnamani Metals and Tubes to buy pipe. Another IOC source adds Ratnamani has four months from the date of award to begin supplying pipe to the dumpsites.

Ratnamani confirms the Rs160cr ($26.6m) contract from IOC, saying pipe supplies will begin from January 2016. “We will receive bids to lay the pipeline in December,” adds IOC.

“Evaluating technical and commercial bids can only be completed by February 2016.” IOC aims to begin laying the pipeline by mid-2016 and wants it completed within 18-24 months of award.

Punj Lloyd, Kalpataru, Jai Hind Projects, KazStroyService and Essar Projects are among those expected to bid. IOC mainly uses this pipeline to evacuate petrol, high speed diesel and kerosene.

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