Gujarat Petronet grid ready by December 2010

Vol 13, PW 14 (17 Dec 09) Midstream & Downstream

After 11 long years, GSPC subsidiary Gujarat Petronet confidently predicts it will complete the Gujarat gas grid within the next 12 months.

PETROWATCH learns work on the 2200-km gas grid, snaking through 19 of the state’s 26 districts, will finally be completed by the last quarter of 2010. So far 1420-km of the grid is operational, says Gujarat Petronet; work on the remaining 780-km is at various stages.

“We are targeting December 2010 for completion of the whole grid,â€‌ reports a Gujarat Petronet source. Sections of the grid nearing completion are: آ· 30-inch 85-km section from Gana to Hadala آ· 24-inch 220-km line from Darod to Jafrabad آ· 18-inch 130-km section from Morbi to Mundra The Jafrabad section will connect GSPC Pipavav Power Company’s proposed 2100-MW gas-fired power project in Amreli district, while the Morbi to Mundra line will connect the proposed 5m t/y Mundra LNG import terminal to the grid.

One important section commissioned on March 27 this year was the 110-km Rajkot to Jamnagar pipeline linking the 1.2m b/d twin Reliance refineries. On October 29, the 18-inch 16.5-km long Olpad to Utran section was commissioned, connecting the Gujarat State Electricity Corporation’s 509-MW Utran gas-fired power station.

Work on the Gujarat gas grid, the first of its kind in India, started in 2000 when the 15-km Hazira to Mora stretch in south Gujarat was laid. Today, Gujarat Petronet supplies 29m cm/d through its grid to factories and companies selling piped gas and CNG across the state.

From April 2009, D6 gas started flowing through the grid and in the six months to September Gujarat Petronet transported 5162.79m cubic metres. “This is an all time high,â€‌ we hear, “and 50% higher than earlier peak volumes.

â€‌ Total gas transmitted in 2008 was 5428.48m cubic metres and in 2007 it was 6144.91m cubic metres.