GAIL pipeline tenders from April

Vol 20, PW 12 (09 Mar 17) News in Brief

GAIL is expected to issue even more tenders after April 2017 to lay parts of its approximately 1000-km gas pipeline from Haldia in West Bengal to Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh.

This is part of Narendra Modi's ambitious 'Urja Ganga' project to promote gas-based industrialisation and retail gas networks in eastern and northern India. GAIL awarded pipeline laying contracts end-January for a 360-km stretch between Haldia and Dobhi in Jharkhand to IL&FS Engineering and Construction, JSIW Infrastructure, Corrtech International and Kalpataru Power Transmission: each must lay about 90-km.

GAIL will supply pipe itself to these contractors and has informed contractors that tenders for the remaining length of the pipeline from Dobhi to Phulpur will be out in 2017-18, divided into five sections. Here too GAIL will supply the pipe itself.

State-owned MECON, GAIL's project consultant, has prepared the Front End Engineering and Design document for the entire Haldia to Phulpur pipeline which, with 24-inch, 30-inch and 36-inch diameters, is likely to cost around Rs1500cr ($225m) to lay.

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