GAIL (India) Limited has started pipeline construction work in the state of West Bengal for providing gas supply to Matix Fertilizers, Durgapur.
This project is being executed as a part of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’ pipeline project i.e. Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra natural gas pipeline (JHBDPL) project and is being executed on a fast track basis. A total of 555 km long pipeline with an approved cost of approximately Rs. 2700 crore in West Bengal will pass through eight districts like Puruliya, Bankura, Burdwan, Nadia, Hooghly, Howrah, East Medinapur and 24 North Paragana. Further project activities for execution of pipeline in the state of West Bengal up to Haldia and City Gas Distribution in Kolkata are also expected to commence shortly.
The 2655 km long JHBDPL project was inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in July 2015. The project is progressing in full swing. The pipeline will pass through the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.
The project is being executed in a phased manner. Phase I consists of pipeline network from Phulpur-Dobhi with spur lines to Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Patna and Barauni (755 km) and is scheduled to be completed by December 2018. Phase II of the project beyond Dobhi (Gaya) towards Durgapur Haldia and Bokaro-Ranchi and Angul-Dhamra (1900 km) is scheduled to be completed progressively by December 2020.
The project will usher Industrial development in eastern part of India by supplying environmentally clean natural gas to fertilizer and power plant, refineries, steel plants and other Industries. Further, the arrival of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga will provide direct and indirect employment to thousands of people.
The project will also provide clean energy to households and transportation in the cities en-route the pipeline. The city gas network laying activity in Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Ranchi and Cuttack has already commenced and activities in other cities namely Patna and Jamshedpur will start by next month. The pilot project in Bhubaneshwar for providing PNG and CNG has already been inaugurated in October and December 2017 respectively, by Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.