India more than doubling natural gas pipeline capacity

India plans to dramatically increase the scale of its natural gas pipelines over the course of the next few years, according to The Economic Times.

Indian Oil Minister S. Jaipal Reddy spoke on Monday, April 2, at the 15th Foundation Day of Petronet LNG Ltd., promising industry representatives that the country's infrastructure is already slated to double based on current projects.

"We have a country wide network of 12,000 kilometers of gas pipeline (and another) 12,000 kilometers of pipelines are under construction," Reddy told the crowd, according to the Times.

With another 7,000 kilometers currently going through the bidding process, the country should top 30,000 kilometers of pipelines by 2017. The present gas pipelines can transport around 8.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, but the added capacity could bring the country up to as much as 31 billion cubic feet per day.

At the same time, The Wall Street Journal reports that Reddy suggests India could begin importing greater quantities of liquid natural gas from Qatar, the world's largest exporter of the commodity.

More information on natural gas production in India can be found at PennEnergy's Research area.

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