GAIL Gas to begin CGD work in India's heartland

Vol 23, PW 5 (16 Jan 20) Midstream & Downstream

GAIL Gas is beginning work to lay gas pipelines in four areas won in CGD-X of which at least three are in or near areas of special significance to Narendra Modi and oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

Mecon is project consultant handling tenders for surveys needed to lay pipelines in the following areas: Mirzapur, Chandauli and Sonbhadra in eastern Uttar Pradesh; Raisen, Shajapur and Sehore in central Madhya Pradesh; West Singhbhum in Jharkhand; and Seraikela-Kharsawan, also in Jharkhand. Mirzapur, Chandauli and Sonbhadra border Modi's constituency Varanasi while West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan sit 250-km from Pradhan's birthplace at Angul in Orissa.

Among the pipeline surveys needed are a crossing survey expected to take two weeks; a topographical survey expected to take three weeks; a ground penetrating radar survey likely to take four weeks; area and route surveys expected to take eight weeks; geotechnical investigation of rivers lasting six weeks; and Geographic Information System and Land Information System surveys lasting 24 weeks. Once Mecon completes the selection process by end-January contractors will be given seven days to mobilise.

"We will ask the contractors to carry out work on an ARC (Annual Rate Contract) basis spread out over two years," we hear. GAIL Gas only wants to hire contractors with a minimum seven years experience.

"All these surveys are needed because much of the terrain is hilly, forested and with rivers and streams," we hear.