New Delhi, July 16, 2008:- GAIL today commenced gas supply to Trombay region through the Dahej-Uran pipeline. Dr. U D Choubey, Chairman and Managing Director, GAIL inaugurated the commencement of natural gas supply to BPCL, Trombay through the 40 km. long, 24” diameter Hazimalangwadi-Trombay pipeline at Mumbai. GAIL has signed heads of Agreement with BPCL for supply of 0.9 MMSCMD of RLNG.
This is one of the several branch lines to be commissioned by GAIL to provide connectivity from its Dahej-Uran (DUPL) and Dabhol-Panvel pipelines (DPPL). Already branch lines to Deepak Fertiliser and Patalganga and MSEB Uran have been commissioned. The commissioning of the spur line from Hazimalangwadi to Trombay and BPCL is yet another landmark by GAIL.
GAIL, through DUPL and DPPL pipelines, will transport gas from different supply sources such as Panna-Mukta and Tapti fields, Dahej RLNG, Shell RLNG, RIL and from Dabhol LNG terminal presently under construction.
GAIL is in the process of connecting a number of other consumers in the Trombay region, namely, RCF Trombay by August 2008 end and Tata Power and HPCL by February 2009. Pipeline laying work for Tata Power and HPCL is in advanced stage of award. GAIL will also be shortly connecting other consumers in and around the Mumbai region namely NRC, Herdillia, VVF, Owens Corning, Bombay Dyeing, Hanil Era, Uttam Steel, Bhushan Steel, Supreme Petro, IIL, NITCO, etc.
The Dahej-Uran pipeline has linked the two important gas markets of Gujarat and Maharashtra. The pipeline will also enable supply of natural gas to various cities and towns and industries in areas falling enroute to the pipeline such as Vapi, Valsad, Navsari in Gujarat and Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane, Patalganga, Thapoli and Mahad in Maharashtra.
The DUPL project has branch lines to connect Deepak Fertilizers in Taloja industrial area in Navi Mumbai, MSEB Uran and RCF Trombay. GAIL had commissioned 18” pipeline to DFPCL (for supplying 1.1 MMSCMD) in November 2007, 24” pipeline to MSEB Uran (for supplying 2.5 MMSCMD) in March 2008 against all odds.
Dahej-Uran Pipeline (DUPL) project was approved at an estimated cost of Rs. 1830 crore and Dabhol Panvel Pipeline (DPPL) project was approved at an estimated cost of Rs. 1326 crore. The total cost of 30” diameter, 581 Km Dahej- Panvel- Dabhol Pipeline is Rs. 3156 crore. The 581 km long 30 inch diameter trunkline traversing from Dahej to Panvel for DUPL and from Panvel to Dabhol for DPPL project was commissioned on 11th July, 2007 for supplying gas to Dabhol Power plant of Ratnagiri Gas and Power Private Limited (RGPPL).