Best place to start work is Ponda in North Goa

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

Hindu temple town Ponda has become the first place in Goa connected by GAIL Gas and Bharat Petroleum gas retailer Goa Natural Gas (GNG) - a new company incorporated on January 13 this year (2017).

In the last week of May GNG began laying a 25-km steel pipeline through Ponda, won under the North Goa 'Geographical Area' under the sixth retail gas licensing round. "Ponda is in south Goa but was included in the North Goa area by the PNGRB," says a consortium source.

"Ponda is near a gas source and local factories; that's why we chose it to start work. Depending on the rains all pipeline laying work in the Ponda area should be completed in a year." He adds work has stopped temporarily because of the monsoon rains.

Located 29-km southeast of Goa capital Panaji, Ponda is connected by GAIL's 178-km gas trunk pipeline from Gokak in Karnataka to Vasco da Gama city in Goa. Nearby is the Zuari urea factory in South Goa's Mormugao sub-district which takes 1.1m cm/d through this pipeline.

GAIL is planning a 'tap-off' at Curchorem town, where it has a valve station, to develop a gas retail network in Ponda with its population of around 22,000. GAIL and BPCL won North Goa in 2016 by quoting a Rs374cr ($56.21m) bank guarantee and Rs1504cr ($226m) performance bond, defeating Mahanagar Gas, Hindustan Petroleum, Indraprastha Gas, Maharashtra Natural Gas and newcomers Unison and Mahesh Resources.