AG&P starts work in India’s biggest CGD area

Vol 22, PW 20 (25 Jul 19) News in Brief

After winning nine areas in CGD-X, Manila-headquartered AG&P is moving fast to meet stiff targets at its huge Barmer, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur licence in Rajasthan won under the earlier CGD-IX round.

AG&P has set up an office in Jodhpur and begun survey work in this 89,900-sq km area, mostly desert. On July 9, Rajasthan mines minister Pramod Bhaya responded to a question in the state assembly saying AG&P had begun preliminary work including the acquisition of clearances from Rajasthan government agencies to set up the CGD network.

AG&P is expected to begin connecting homes with piped gas by September 2021. In the first phase, AG&P will lay a 15-km pipeline and provide 1248 household connections in Barmer’s Siwana area.

Similarly another 37-km pipeline will be laid from Pachpadra to Balotra to connect 3059 homes and a 44-km pipeline will be laid in Ramsar and Barmer to provide 3681 household connections. Under its committed work programme AG&P will set up 80 'mother' and 'daughter' stations and connect 551,111 homes to the gas network in eight years or by 2026.

Gas retail newcomer AG&P won three areas in CGD-IX and nine more in CGD-X.