Extending the Gujarat gas grid to Saurashtra-Kutch

Vol 11, PW 24 (17 Apr 08) Midstream & Downstream

Gujarat State Petronet is about to extend its gas grid to the remote Saurashtra-Kutch region of Gujarat state.

PETROWATCH learns that on April 10, Gujarat Petronet applied to authorities in Jamnagar for permission to extend a 30-inch diameter 110-km pipeline from Rajkot to within the limits of the town. Gujarat Petronet officials confirm that the Rajkot to Jamnagar pipeline is a priority and will be completed by next month (May).

Gujarat Petronet’s determination to bring gas to the Saurashtra-Kutch region reflects the emergence of 16 proposed tax-free Special Economic Zones (SEZs) of a total 51 proposed across Gujarat, among them several promoted by industry players and heavy gas consumers like Reliance (which has a 33m t/y refinery in Jamnagar district and plans to set up another 27m t/y next door), Essar, the Adani Group, Kandla Port Trust, Welspun and others. Gujarat Petronet wants to complete the laying of a total of 292-km of pipelines across the state by June.

Other than the 110-km Rajkot to Jamnagar pipeline, the additional pipelines that should be flowing gas in another two to three months include a 30-inch diameter 109-km pipeline from Bharuch to Anand; a 12-inch diameter 37-km pipeline from Padmala to Halol; an eight-inch diameter 28-km spur line to a SEZ promoted by wind energy company Suzlon near Vaghodia; two 12-inch diameter spur lines from Dhanora village, one a five-km stretch to an Indian Oil facility, and another 3-km stretch to a Reliance-owned Indian Petrochemicals facility. Much of the â€کGolden Corridor’ in south and central Gujarat is already linked by a total 1200-km of transmission pipelines.

But Gujarat Petronet is still far short of achieving its goal to complete the grid, originally envisaged with a total pipeline length of 2200-km. That will happen when it lays an additional 705-km, which it hopes to achieve by 2010.