At last - Gujarat-Kashmir pipeline work begins

Vol 20, PW 22 (27 Jul 17) Midstream & Downstream

After much delay pipeline-laying work has at last begun on Gujarat State Petronet's (GSPL's) Mehsana to Bhatinda and Bhatinda to Jammu pipeline projects.

In June pipeline laying contractor Essar took delivery of 20-km of 18-inch diameter pipe in Punjab along a 100-km stretch of the 750-km Bhatinda to Jammu pipeline route. Essar won the GSPL contract this January to connect Sikh holy city Amritsar with Jalandhar in Punjab, known for its sports gear industry.

Essar has welded 18-km of the pipe delivered and is lowering it into the ground, according to a senior GSPL source. This stretch will pass through Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Gurdaspur and Amritsar districts and supply gas to Amritsar city, for which GSPL won a gas retail licence in 2015.

L&T has likewise begun work on two stretches of the 1650-km Mehsana to Bhatinda pipeline: a 160-km stretch from Palanpur city in northern Gujarat, a local educational hub, to Pali in southern Rajasthan, a textile hub; and another 180-km stretch from Pali to Barmer in Rajasthan, the site of a proposed refinery. These stretches across Palanpur, Sirohi, Pali, Jalore and Barmer districts will transport gas from Cairn India's Raageshwari Deep Gas terminal.

Cairn was originally meant to lay these sections but the responsibility passed to GSPL. Focus Energy will use the Palanpur to Barmer pipeline to evacuate gas from its Jaisalmer block RJ-ON/6.