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Work on gas grid in full swing

Sujay Mehdudia

To lift natural gas from Krishna-Godavari and Cauvery basins

— PHOTO: AFP

CRUCIAL LINKS: Engineers from China Petroleum Pipeline (CPP) Material and Equipment Corporation laying carbon steel pipes as part of a gas pipeline for Reliance Industries at Medak (Andhra Pradesh). Some 1,200 Chinese engineers are involved in the 1,500 km project.

NEW DELHI: With Krishna-Godavari and Cauvery basins emerging as the major gas blocks for the future, efforts have been stepped up for establishing a Southern Gas Grid by laying a vast pipeline network in the private and public sectors in the next few years. This new pipeline network is being laid to connect customers in the Southern part of the country with various sources of natural gas and ensure supply lines.

At present, GAIL (India) has a pipeline network in the Krishna-Godavari Basin in Andhra Pradesh and the Cauvery basin in Tamil Nadu. In the private sector, Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure Ltd. (RGTIL) is constructing the Kakinada- Hyderabad-Uran-Ahmedabad pipeline, which would connect parts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to the KG-D6 field. RGTIL has also been granted authorisation for the Vijaywada-Nellore-Chennai pipeline as also its extensions to Chennai-Tutticorin and Chennai-Bangalore-Mangalore pipelines. These pipelines would connect parts of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to the Krishna-Godavari field.

On the other hand, GAIL has been granted authorisation for the Dhabol-Bangalore pipeline, which would be a bi-directional pipeline transporting re-gasified liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Dhabol LNG terminal to Bangalore and natural gas from RGTIL’s pipeline in Bangalore to Maharashtra.

GAIL pipeline

GAIL has also been given clearance for the Kochi-Kanjirakkod-Mangalore-Bangalore pipeline, which would be a bi-directional pipeline transporting re-gasified LNG from the upcoming Kochi LNG terminal to Kerala and Karnataka and natural gas from RGTIL’s pipeline.

Official sources said the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons had certified future gas production from the KG field. This includes RIL’s Dhirubhai field and Cairn’s Ravva field and the Ravva Satellite field. Apart from this, it is anticipated that there would be production from Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation’s (GSPC) fields in the KG basin. Krishna Godavari Gas Network has applied to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry to lay, build and operate common carrier natural gas pipelines in Andhra Pradesh, based on production from GSPC’s offshore fields.

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