GAIL to bring pipeline to Varanasi, eastern cities

By Sarkaritel August 24, 2014 15:41

GAIL to bring pipeline to Varanasi, eastern cities

Indicative map of the GAIL Jagdishpur – Haldia pipeline

Indicative map of the GAIL Jagdishpur – Haldia pipeline

New Delhi, Aug 24 In an initiative to benefit the ancient city of Varanasi that elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi to parliament, state-run gas utility GAIL Sunday said it will construct a natural gas pipeline between Jagdishpur in Uttar Pradesh and Haldia in West Bengal at an estimated investment of Rs.10,000 crore.

The 2,050-km pipeline expected to be ready in two years “will pave the way for setting up of CNG/pipe gas networks in 17 major cities of eastern India, including Allhabad, Varanasi, Patna, Ranchi, Kolkata, Dhanbad,” GAIL said in a statement here.

“This is a major initiative of the NDA government and the prime minister towards fulfilling the promises made to develop eastern India,” it added.

Modi is keen on speeding up the gas pipeline project towards reviving the economies and agricultural growth in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal through which the pipeline would pass.

Though the previous Congress-led government had already approved the project, GAIL was reluctant to begin work in the absence of sufficient takers to make the huge investment viable.

However, the pipeline is now expected to furnish gas to some defunct fertilizer plants en route, apart from supplying to some major cities in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, so as to be viable for the gas utility.

Besides city gas distribution, the pipeline will supply feedstock/fuel to fertilizer and power plants and major industries located in the region.

The estimated investment for the Jagdishpur – Phulpur – Haldia pipeline project is about Rs 10,000 crores. The first phase of the pipeline will have a capacity of 16 MMSCMD which would be augmented to 32 MMSCMD in the second phase.

The fertilizer plants which will benefit from the project include units at Gorakhpur, Barauni, Sindri and Matix Durgapur. In addition, the pipeline will also supply natural gas to Refineries at Barauni and Haldia, steel industries, power plants and other large SME manufacturing units in the region. The pipeline will also boost up agricultural and economic development and generate employment opportunities in the region.

The Jagdishpur – Phulpur – Haldia pipeline will consist of 922 km main line (36 inch-diameter) and 1,128 km spur lines and feeder lines (12 to 30 inch diameter). The compressor station will be located at Haldia.

GAIL has already started activities related to detailed survey of the pipeline route. The survey will include Engineering Survey (topography, Population Density Index, Soil Resistivity and Soil Investigation Survey) and Cadastral Survey (collection of revenue details of every village along the route along with ownership details). Actual construction activities will commence once the survey is completed.

It is estimated that the project will have 46 river crossings, 17 Railway crossings, 14 State Highway crossings and 12 national Highway crossings, thus making it one of the most difficult engineering projects of its kind.

The proposed pipeline will cover the following districts :

  • West Bengal (Main line – 385 km, spur lines – 360 km) will cover Purba Medinapur, Bankura, Puruliya, Hooghly, Bardhaman
  • Jharkhand (Main line – 174 km, spur lines – 165 km) will cover Bokaro, Giridih, Hazaribagh, Dhanbad, East Singhbum
  • Bihar (Main line – 205 km, spur lines – 416 km) will cover Gaya, Aurangabad, Rohtas, Kaimur, Patna, Chhapra, Siwan, Mujaffarpur, Bettiah, Gopalgunj, Begusarai, Bhagalpur, Saran, West Champaran
  • Uttar Pradesh (Main line – 158 km, spur lines – 187 km) will cover , Varanasi, Allahabad, Jaunpur, Gorakhpur
By Sarkaritel August 24, 2014 15:41

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