GAIL pipeline focus on Kochi LNG terminal

Vol 14, PW 6 (09 Sep 10) Midstream & Downstream

GAIL should begin laying pipelines by mid-October to evacuate R-LNG from the under-construction new LNG terminal off Kochi in Kerala.

PETROWATCH hears GAIL shortlisted Ahmedabad-based companies Corrtech International and Jaihind Projects after opening technical bids two weeks ago in a tender to hire pipeline laying contractors. “One of these two companies will be hired sometime this coming week when price bids are opened,” confirms an industry source on September 4.

“Actual pipeline laying work will start a month after GAIL signs the contract.” GAIL, he adds, is aiming to begin work by October 12 and has ordered coated steel pipes from manufacturers Jindal and PSL.

“Pipe deliveries should begin soon,” we learn. In Phase-I, GAIL will lay around 45-km of pipeline, including nine spur lines connecting the downstream ‘flange’ of the Kochi terminal to factories nearby.

A 30-inch diameter, 20-km stretch will be laid from the LNG terminal at Puthuvypeen Island off Kochi to state-owned urea factory Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore (FACT) at Udyogamandal outside Kochi city. Next, an 18-inch diameter, 17.6-km stretch will run to the FACT factory in Ambalamugal, Kochi.

Approximately eight kilometres of eight-inch and four-inch diameter spur lines will run to a nearby Reliance power station; a gelatine manufacturing factory owned by Nitta Gelatin India; Kerala State Electricity Board’s upcoming 1020-MW Brahmapuram power station; BPCL’s Kochi Refineries; the Hindustan Organic Chemicals factory at Ambalamugal; Travancore Cochin Chemicals; and, Apollo Tyres factories. Local soil conditions will challenge the GAIL pipelines.

“Most of the route is on land reclaimed from the sea,” we learn. “Several water bodies must be crossed.

Nearly a kilometre of horizontal directional drilling is needed under two large water bodies.”