Reliance begins laying D-6 gas pipeline

Vol 10, PW 16 (30 Nov 06) News in Brief

Reliance Industries has begun laying its long-awaited pipeline to transport gas from eastern offshore deepwater block KG-DWN-98/3 (D-6) to western India.

PETROWATCH learns work began late October after Delhi allowed Reliance to deploy 1800 Chinese workers to carry out the assignment. It took us a while to get employment visas for these people, says a Reliance source.

We told the authorities the Chinese were the lowest bidders and only they could execute the project in such a short time. Delhi has security concerns about Chinese personnel working on its territory, but eventually gave in.

Work began simultaneously at the eight sections into which the 1400-km route is broken up. China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation, has won the pipeline-laying contract.

Reliances 48-inch diameter pipeline will be commissioned by June 2008 to carry gas from Yanam in Andhra Pradesh to Uran in Maharashtra and Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

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