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GAIL signs pact with IIP

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) has signed an agreement with the Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehra Dun, for joint marketing of Natural Gas Liquid to Gas and Gasoline (NTGG) technology. A. K. Purwaha, Director (Business Development), GAIL, and M. O. Garg, Director, IIP, signed the agreement in the presence of GAIL Chairman and Managing Director, U. D. Choubey, here on Thursday.

Pilot plant

The IIP, which is a constituent laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has formalised a joint technology ownership and will facilitate commercialisation of the technology jointly. A patent application for equal Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) had already been filed in 2001 and the grant of patent is expected soon. This agreement follows the success of the pilot plant set up at GAIL's LPG plant at Vaghodia, Gujarat, which is running at a capacity of 8,000 tonnes per annum of Natural Gas Liquid (NGL).

The NTGG technology enables the conversion of Natural Gas Liquid (NGL) to gas and gasoline. The process converts NGL into value-added products, namely LPG rich stream, gasoline blending stock and diesel blending stock. Further experimentation is on to modify the technology to produce LPG and naphtha or higher quantities of aromatics as end products. Some of the reputed national and international organisations have already expressed their interests in setting up a commercial plant using this technology.

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