Kakinada-Ennore pipeline planned

Staff Reporter

MAYILADUTURAI: : The GAIL India plans to lay a trunk pipeline connecting Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh with Ennore in Tamil Nadu as part of its National Gas Grid, following the huge gas discoveries off the Bay of Bengal, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Mani Shankar Aiyar said on Wednesday.

The integrated pipeline network in the four Southern States will form the Southern Gas Grid, which will help in the speedier economic development of these States, he said, inaugurating the GAIL's 48-km gas pipeline connecting the Narimanam zone and the Kuthalam zone, at a cost of Rs.46.91 crores, at Memathur near here.

Mr. Aiyar said the project was completed within 10 months from its approval. The GAIL is supplying natural gas to various power plants in the Kuthalam zone, including those of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, Aban Power, PPN Power, Kaveri Gas and Saheli Exports. In the Cauvery basin zone, the GAIL was considering the possibility of employing technologies, such as CNG in cascades, Scaled Down Liquefaction and Regasification facilities and Synthetic Gas Hydrates called as `stranded gas salvage technologies, to transport natural gas from specific stranded sources to select points of consumption.

The Cauvery Basin area, with a typical mismatch in availability and consumption within its five different zones, presented a good opportunity to introduce one of the Stranded Gas Salvage technologies. A pilot project would be started, based on one of the Stranded Gas Salvage technologies in the near future.

The GAIL had taken up several initiatives for developing the gas markets in Tamil Nadu. These included participation in an LNG project at Ennore near Chennai and construction of a trunk gas pipeline interconnecting Kochi, Bangalore and Ennore through Coimbatore and Salem.

Scope for bringing gas from other countries

Mr. Aiyar said there was tremendous scope for brining natural gas to India from countries such as Iran, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, Australia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Africa. His Ministry was taking steps to bring the natural gas through pipeline to different Indian locations.

Proshanto Banerjee, Chairman and Managing Director, GAIL, said the GAIL was supplying 20 lakh cubic metres of gas a day in the Cauvery basin area through gas pipeline networks of 190 km. It decided to treat the entire area as one zone to fill the demand and supply gap within five different zones. As a first step, the 48-km gas pipeline was constructed to integrate the Narimanam zone with the Kuthalam zone.

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