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    Gail Awards $150mn Pipe Contract


The Indian gas utility has awarded a contract for line pipe for a pipeline project in the northeast of the country.

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Gail Awards $150mn Pipe Contract

Indian gas transportation and marketing firm Gail has awarded a contract intended to link a major east Indian grid to the north-eastern part of the country, it said November 8.

Gail has awarded the contract for the purchase of 616 km of line pipe worth rupees 11bn ($150mn) for the Barauni to Guwahati pipeline, but did not say to which company.

The line pipe will enable execution of the 729 km feeder line linking north-east India with the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga (PMUG) pipeline network to be fast-tracked, said Gail, allowing a start to be made on laying spurlines for the Barauni – Guwahati pipeline from December 2018. That pipe, already under construction, will connect the upcoming Indradhanush gas grid network to the national gas network. The Indradhanush gas grid network, being developed by Gail along with joint venture partners Indian Oil, Oil India, Numaligarh Refinery and ONGC, will provide gas supplies across all the north-eastern states.

The $2bn, 2,539-km Jagadishpur-Haldia-Bokaro-Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL), also known as PMUG, will carry gas to eastern states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha. Gail said that the first phase of the JHBDPL is 92% complete and will be commissioned by January, whereas the balance phases including the additional section under Barauni-Guwahati spurline are lined up for sequential completion by December 2021.