Reliance prepares for east coast gas pipeline

Vol 6, PW 19 (20 Nov 02) News in Brief

Reliance has begun drawing up plans for a new gas pipeline that will travel along the east coast, following its 31st October announcement of a 7 tcfgasfield offshore Andhra Pradesh.

Current indications are that the pipeline will begin at Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and travel more than 1,000-km south to Karaikal in Tamil Nadu. Never short on ambition, Reliance is planning a pipeline similar in size to GAILsHazira-Bijaipur-Jagdishpur pipeline, India's gas artery.

We understand Reliance is planning a Common Carrier. "It will also be fed with gas from other nearby fields from ONGC, Cairn and PY-3," reveals a source.

"Plans are likely to drawn up this year and laying could start next year." Once work begins Reliance might consider an extension to northeast India to bring in gas from Myanmar's Yetagun field. "We could bring in sizeable gas quantities from Myanmar to India once such a pipeline is laid."

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