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GAIL to build Rs 10k-cr pipeline linking Eastern India with national gas grid

In a significant move towards fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment towards overall development of Eastern India and meeting its energy requirements, GAIL is all set to build the 2,050 km Jagdishpur – Phulpur - Haldia natural gas pipeline work which will serve as the ‘Energy Highway’ to carry the efficient and environment-friendly fuel to West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

The pipeline project, which will connect Eastern India with the national gas grid, was announced by the Prime Minister at a public function in Ranchi recently. The pipeline will benefit millions of people in the four states and lead to setting up of City Gas Networks in 17 major cities of the region, i.e, Varanasi,  Allahabad, Patna,  Gaya, Chhapra,  Siwan,  Gopalganj, Mujaffarpur, Bettiah, Bhagalpur, Bokaro,  Dhanbad,  Ranchi,  Jamshedpur,  Asansol,  Durgapur and Kolkata. Thus, residents of these major cities can enjoy the convenience of piped natural gas (PNG) that directly reaches households and the economical compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicles.

Besides city gas distribution, the pipeline will supply feedstock/fuel to fertiliser 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 fertiliser 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 first phase of the pipeline will have a capacity of 16 mmscmd which would be augmented to 32 mmscmd in the second phase, the release added.

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.
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