Holy city Haridwar soon to have piped gas/CNG

Vol 20, PW 6 (01 Dec 16) Midstream & Downstream

Haridwar, one of Hinduism's holiest cities and the site of the massive Kumbh Mela pilgrimage every 12 years, is about to get a retail gas network set up by newborn Haridwar Natural Gas.

This report learns learns the GAIL Gas and Bharat Petroleum joint venture set up on April 20 this year issued tenders on November 17 to buy steel and plastic pipe, gas regulators, CNG cylinders or cascades, and gas compressors. "Instead of issuing separate tenders we decided to issue a composite tender," reveals a senior company source.

"We have also issued a tender to acquire land for our office and CNG stations." Our source adds the company aims to complete the final leg of the government's CNG corridor from Delhi to Haridwar, which is in northern state Uttarakhand. "CNG is available from Delhi to Meerut (in Uttar Pradesh)," he adds.

"With our network, the CNG corridor will be complete." BPCL's participation in the joint venture will be put to good use as CNG dispensers are installed at its established fuel retail stations. "So far we've identified eight BPCL retail stations where we can install CNG dispensers within the next one and a half years.

We will also have two independent CNG stations. " Of the eight BPCL stations, five are likely to begin selling CNG by May 2017.