GAIL happy with quality of ONGC gas

Vol 7, PW 4 (07 May 03) News in Brief

Sighs of relief amongst the 117 staff at GAILs Usar LPG extraction unit near Mumbai.

The quality and quantity of natural gas supplied by ONGC has improved over the past year. Last year, gas from ONGC had between 0.2 and 0.4-mole percentage butane while gas supplied now has 0.5 and more mole percentage butane.

More butane in gas means extraction of more LPG. Last year ONGC was supplying about 60 tonnes per day.

This has more than doubled to 150 tonnes per day. GAIL's Usar LPG recovery plant was forced to shut for several days last year because there was no butane recovery from gas supplied by ONGC and low quantities of gas supplied.

At one stage GAIL planned to relocate the LPG unit to the Krishna Godavari basin.