Minister: GAIL ‘running behind schedule’ on three pipeline projects

India’s minister of petroleum and natural gas says GAIL (India) Ltd. is “running behind schedule” on three pipeline projects (OGJ Online, Mar. 15, 2013).

India’s Press Information Bureau cited a written reply by Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.

The projects are: the second phase of the Kochi-Koottanad-Bangalore-Mangalore gas pipeline; an upgrade of the Vijaypur-Kota pipeline and laying of spur to Chittorgarh; and the Surat-Paradip trunkline and spur.

He cited legal disputes, nonavailability of right-of-use, delay in getting statutory clearances such as forest clearance, wildlife sanctuary permission, contractural issues, complexity of terrain, and non-availability of anchor load customers.

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