India dedicates 2,200-km GAIL natural gas pipeline

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh dedicated GAIL (India) Ltd.’s 2,200 km Dahej-Vijaipur-Dadri-Bawana-Nangal-Bhatinda natural gas pipeline, which extends through northwestern India. GAIL said the project will spur industrial development across 40 industrial hubs, with the potential to supply 3,500 Mw of power, 1.8 million tonnes/year of urea production, and cities along the pipeline with natural gas for industrial and domestic applications.

Dahej-Vijaipur-Dadri-Bawana-Nangal-Bhatinda crosses Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi (UT), Punjab, and Uttarakhand states, both interconnecting with the existing network and meeting unsupplied demand northern India. Singh also expressed his hopes the pipeline’s extension would soon carry the gas from the proposed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline into rural parts of the country.

The pipeline cost roughly Rs. 13,000 crores.

GAIL has been taking a multipronged approach to meeting India’s growing natural gas demand, developing domestic fields (OGJ Online, Feb. 22, 2012), buying shares in producing overseas properties, including the Eagle Ford shale in southern Texas, and reaching a variety of LNG supply agreements, including sourcing material from the US (OGJ Online, Dec. 12, 2011).

Contact Christopher E. Smith at chriss@ogjonline.com.

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