MECON pipeline project consultancy business growing

Vol 12, PW 8 (04 Sep 08) People & Policy

Engineering consultant MECON is fast emerging as the project management consultant of choice among oil and gas companies in India.

MECON reports to India’s steel ministry and is smaller and less well known than state-owned fellow consultant Engineers India, which reports to the oil ministry. But following a series of successful mandates from GAIL, MECON’s public profile in the oil industry is growing, with more private firms and national oil companies approaching it for business.

On July 23, MECON won the latest of its mandates from GAIL when it was appointed to oversee the laying of a 60-km-long LPG pipeline from Kandla to Samakhiali in Gujarat. A tender for the line pipe and multi-stage pump has been issued and will be followed with a tender to hire a contractor to lay the pipeline.

Very soon MECON also expects mandates from GAIL to be the project management consultant to lay a 115-km-long, 20-inch diameter natural gas pipeline from Jhajjar to Hissar in Haryana and a 525-km-long natural gas pipeline from Bawana in Delhi to Nangal in Punjab. “MECON is the lowest bidder for the job,â€‌ confirms a source.

“GAIL will issue the formal orders shortly.â€‌ MECON earned its stripes with GAIL by helping to restore its Jambusar to Dhuvaran natural gas pipeline, used to supply gas to a Gujarat state electricity plant, on August 23 last month, using Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) techniques to drill 2-km under a riverbed.

“The section of the pipeline that runs under the Mahi River was completely washed away,â€‌ we hear. “This was the longest-ever HDD in India.

â€‌ MECON is also providing consultancy to retail gas companies like Indraprastha Gas, Green Gas, Tripura Natural Gas, Maharashtra Natural Gas and Bhagyanagar Gas on CNG stations and city gas networks. Last month, MECON was hired to prepare a detailed feasibility report to setup a CGD network in Kolkata and before that a DFR on Ahmedabad.