GAIL (India) said last week it’s fast-tracked the interstate Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra (JHBDPL) natural gas pipeline project in India by awarding contracts for a 313-mileline segment in Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
The pipeline segment will connect from Dobhi in Bihar and Durgapur in West Bengal, and also includes a 75-mile pipeline to Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. The contracts are worth $93 million, the Times of India reported.
“The project activities of Phase I are under an advanced stage of construction, which will supply gas to Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Patna & Barauni,” said GAIL (India) chairman and managing director B.C. Tripathi. “… GAIL is putting all out efforts to … complete the Phase I before the scheduled completion of December 2018.”
GAIL said awarding the contracts marks the finalization of major pacts for phase II of the project, Kallanish Energy finds.
With the contracts in place, the company anticipates completing the 1,650-mile JHBDPL pipeline project, better known as the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project, within project cost and schedule, Energy Business Review (EBR) reported.
The largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company in India to-date ha awarded contracts worth over $930.6 million, covering phase I and II, EBR reported.
The pipeline project, launched in October 2016, will be laid through the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.
Its objective is to grow gas networks in cities across the eastern part of India and steer industrial development through the supply of natural gas to fertilizer, power plants, steel plants, refineries and other industries.
Tripathi added: “GAIL is presently executing 2,485 miles of natural gas pipeline. The 2,485-mile line will cover the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal, Kerala & Karnataka."