Gujarat Adani commissions CGD network in Gujarat

Vol 8, PW 15 (20 Oct 04) Midstream & Downstream

After missing scores of self appointed deadlines, Gujarat Adani Energy last month quietly commissioned Phase-I of its city gas distribution project in Vadodra, Gujarat.

On 27th September, Gujarat Adani launched commercial operations by supplying natural gas to industrial customers through its 12-inch, 13-km pipeline from Nandesari to Ranoli in Vadodra. We are pumping 5000 cm/d of gas as of now, reveals a source.

This will be increased to 50, 000 cm/d by the end of December. Gujarat Adani offers natural gas to its customers within a price band of Rs8.70 to Rs9.20 per cubic metre depending on the pressure at which the customer wants to receive the fuel.

Gujarat Gas sells gas at Rs8.96 per cubic metre. Adani hopes to supply 300, 000 cm/d to its customers through this pipeline by March 2005.

Next month, Gujarat Adani will commission another gas transportation pipeline in Ahmedabad. The 16-km Geratnagar to Naroda stretch is currently being hydro-tested.

We will start supplies to Ahmedabads industrial area through this pipeline. Separately, we understand Gujarat Adani has made peace with state authorities over CNG infrastructure in Ahmedabad and Vadodra.

A source reveals the company hopes to commission three retail CNG stations with a capacity of 1200 cubic metres/hour each at Jamalpur, Memco and Maninagar in Ahmedabad city by 15th November. By March next year Adani will set up another five CNG stations: 1200-cm/hour at Paldi and 650-cm/hour capacities each at Vasna, Wadaj, Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway and Prahaladnagar.

Gujarat Adani plans to set up another 19 CNG stations across the city over the next year. Earlier the company accused state authorities of ignoring gas pipeline infrastructure over CNG stations.

On 21st April last year Adani won a No Objection Certificate to set up a CGD network in Ahmedabad and Vadodra.