Gail sets Rs 1,500 cr for gas pipeline

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 25 September 2003, 07:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: State-run gas firm Gail will invest over Rs 1500 crore in laying new pipelines for supplying liquefied natural gas imported at Dahej to customers in north.

“We plan to lay 1500-km of new pipelines for selling regassified LNG from Dahej,” Gail chairman and managing director Proshanto Banerjee told reporters.

The company would lay Dadri-Panipat, Kota-Jodhpur and Jagdishpur-Phulpur branch pipelines on the main trunk HBJ (Hazira-Bijapur-Jagdishpur) pipeline. These will be in addition to the $612 million Dahej-Vijaipur and $294 million Dahej-Uran gas pipelines, the construction on which is nearing completion.

While Dahej-Vijaipur and Dahej-Uran gas pipelines will be synchronised with the arrival of LNG from Qatar in January 2004, the three other pipelines would take 2 years to complete, the time during which the Dahej terminal too would scale up to its maximum capacity of 5 million tonne (18 million standard cubic meters per day).

The 612-km Dahej-Vijaipur pipeline would have a capacity to evacuate 20 mmscmd while the Dahej-Uran would transport 12 mmsmcd, he said.

Banerjee hoped regassified LNG from Dahej would be delivered at just over $3.5 per million BTU (British thermal unit), around the same price which major customers in power and fertiliser sectors are willing to pay for LNG.

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