Ambitious plans for Morbi gas pipeline network

Vol 19, PW 15 (07 Apr 16) Midstream & Downstream

A former princely state ruled by the Jadeja clan of Rajput warriors, Morbi city in Gujarat is also the Jewel in the Crown of Gujarat Gas - with more factories using piped gas than anywhere else.

PETROWATCH learns the GSPC-owned gas retailer has ambitious plans to lay 200-km of new pipelines in the city to meet demand from more than 125 new factories producing industrial chemicals, dyes and ceramics that surfaced in 2014-15. Another 50 factories are likely to be commissioned this year (2016).

This month (April) Gujarat Gas begins laying 200-km of new pipelines: 60-km will be steel of 4-inch and 8-inch diameters; 140-km will be plastic with 32-mm, 63-mm, 90-mm, and 125-mm diameters. In line to win the steel pipeline laying contracts are Ahmedabad-based companies Corrtech International, Jaihind Projects, Jay Somnath and Surat-based Aneri Construction.

For the plastic pipeline laying contracts Gujarat Gas is talking to Ishita Construction, Akshar Construction, Urja Construction and Sweta Sales Corporation. SGS India and Gujarat-based Hertz have been hired as third party inspection providers.

Morbi already has an existing network of 125-km steel and 500-km plastic pipelines supplying 2.1m cm/d piped gas to customers in Morbi itself, as well as in Tankara, Malia and Wankaner. Gas supply contracts have been signed with 743 factories but to date only 737 receive gas.

After China's Guangdong province Morbi is the world's second largest tile manufacturing hub.