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Waste to Diesel

In a brilliant feat of scientific innovation GAIL in partnership with CSIR-IIP (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Indian Institute of Petroleum) have been able to convert broken buckets, mugs, toothpaste tubes, bottle caps and other polyolefin products into the cleanest grade of diesel.

GAIL and CSIR-IIP to hold the patent for this unusual discovery.

Announcing this in Dehradun today, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science and Technology and Vice President, CSIR, laid out the roadmap for further exploitation of opportunities in alternative fuel sources. The country’s premier research establishment in hydrocarbons has achieved significant success in reducing national dependence on fossil fuels.

“I have myself campaigned on the streets of Delhi against pollution and plastic proliferation. Today, I am glad to announce that diesel conforming to Euro-5 specifications in sulphur content has become a reality thanks to the CSIR-IIP and GAIL’s diligence and ingenuity”, he said.

The Minister elaborated: “We are the first to have the capability to convert 1 tonne of broken buckets, mugs, toothpaste tubes, bottle caps and other polyolefin products into 850 litres of the cleanest grade of diesel. This is the best news yet for the planet this year because henceforth plastic waste will be viewed more as a resource than a nuisance”.

With this technology, the Indian Railways is soon to set up plants to manufacture diesel for mechanical traction.



GAIL and RSPCL sign MoU

Rajasthan and GAIL (India) Ltd. have worked together to bring natural gas to the people of Rajasthan. In this pursuit Rajasthan State Petroleum Corporation (A subsidiary of Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals Limited) & GAIL GAS Limited (A subsidiary of GAIL India Ltd.)  came together to form RSPCL-GAIL GAS Ltd.

RSPCL-GAIL GAS Ltd. recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rajasthan Industrial and Investment Corporation Limited  at Jaipur to expand the Natural Gas downstream distribution network in the state of Rajasthan. 

Recently Govt. of Rajasthan published the first advertisement  declaring Rajasthan State Gas Limited as a nodal player for setting retail gas infrastructure.


Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to inaugurate Urja Sangam 2015

New Delhi. 18th March,2015. Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate Urja Sangam 2015, Energy Conclave at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 27th March,2015 where Ministers, CEOs, joint venture partners, industry leaders, academia, technology innovators, policy makers and thought leaders will converge on a single platform to deliberate the contemporary challenges and opportunities of shaping the energy security of India in a rapidly changing energy landscape and intensely integrated world.

Under the vibrant leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ,India is at the threshold of the next great phase of socio-economic transition with all round optimism in its citizens. As the gears of progress are turning fast , our country will be hungry for more energy resources to match the needs for development and therefore it is time to evaluate the past, consider the present and chart a future of the Hydrocarbon Industry in India to nourish all round development. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas [ I/C] considers Energy security as the backbone of the key government initiatives and this event will focus on showcasing India’s promising potential in the Hydrocarbon sector to the world and creating an investor-friendly atmosphere. Urja Sangam will create long-term business opportunities by drawing a road map to firm-up the country’s energy security, integration of downstream, midstream and up-stream segments besides firming up cooperation agreements with key global players.

Hon’ble Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley , Hon’ble Minister for Communication & IT , Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad , Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas [ I/C] and renowned author and speaker, Dr Daniel Yergin will also address the summit.

The Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has taken a number of measures for the benefit of common citizens, including direct transfer of subsidies on LPG cylinders to the consumers. Initiatives to provide affordable and reliable energy, even to the poorest of the poor, power for All by 2019 and Make in India will further need energy and all these issues will be discussed and deliberated at the summit.

All the state-owned companies in the petroleum sector have joined hands with India’s foremost international petroleum company ONGC Videsh, engineering giant Engineers India Limited and refining major Indian Oil Corporation’s Barauni Refinery who are celebrating their glorious journey of 50 years, this year. And to mark this historic milestone , under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas the first international summit “Urja Sangam 2015: Shaping India’s Energy Security”.


GAIL (India) Limited received Sustainability Reporting Award by Indian Chamber of Commerce

GAIL (India) Limited received Sustainability Reporting Award during India Corporate Governance & Sustainability Vision Summit & Awards 2015 by Indian Chamber of Commerce.

Indian Chamber of Commerce organised the India Corporate Governance & Sustainability Vision Summit & Awards 2015 for the fifth year at New Delhi. The Corporate Governance & Sustainability Vision Awards 2015 had four categories.

GAIL’s fourth Sustainability Report “Care, Share & Grow” FY 13-14 which got awarded was the First Indian CPSE Report to receive ‘A+’ GRI Application Level Check. This is a Stakeholder centric report offers a holistic view of GAIL’s business, highlighting GAIL’s Sustainability performance during the year.
The ICC Corporate Governance & Sustainability Vision Awards acknowledge and reward companies that have taken positive steps to manage and measure their economic, environmental and social impacts and performance, and have integrated sustainability into their core business models.
In turn these awards provide a platform to highlight leading examples of sustainable practices and performance to inspire and motivate others to adopt similar policies and practices and transparently communicate on their performance.

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GAIL, RCF, CIL and FCIL sign JVAs to revive fertilizer plant at Talcher, Odisha

New Delhi, December 24, 2014: In a significant step towards augmenting the domestic urea capacity, four PSUs – GAIL (India) Limited, Coal India Limited (CIL), Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers (RCF) and Fertilizer Corporation of India Limited (FCIL) – today signed Joint Ventures Agreements (JVAs) to set up an Integrated Coal Gasification cum Fertilizer and Ammonium Nitrate complex at Talcher in Odisha.

The JVAs were signed in the presence of Shri Ananth Kumar, Hon’ble Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Union Minster of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas (Independent Charge), Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) and Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers.

GAIL, RCF, CIL and FCIL on September 5, 2013 signed a Memorandum of Understanding for jointly setting up Fertilizer and Ammonium Nitrate complex at Talcher in Angul district of Orissa. JV1, GAIL Coal Gas (India) Limited shall be led by GAIL and will be primarily responsible for setting up the Upstream Coal Gasification and Gas Purification section for production of Ammonia Syn Gas for downstream fertilizer unit at an estimated investment of Rs 3,000 Cr. GAIL had floated an Expression of Interest for Technology selection for coal gasification and shall be finalized by end of January, 2015 which is critical for the success of the project.

JV-2, Talcher Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited, shall be led by RCF and will be primarily responsible for setting up Ammonia-Urea, Nitric Acid-Ammonium Nitrate plants at an estimated investment of Rs 6,000 Cr with majority stake held by RCF & CIL. Pre-project activities are also been undertaken by respective RCF and CIL.

The project comprises of 3,850 MTPD Urea plant, 2,700 MTPD Ammonia plant, 850 MTPD Nitric Acid plant and 1,000 MTPD Ammonium Nitrate plant. GAIL will put up the Coal gasification plant and RCF and CIL will put up the other downstream plants of Ammonia, Urea, Nitric Acid and Ammonium Nitrate.

Subsequent to Detailed Feasibility Study, execution of construction activities is likely to start in year 2015-16 and expected to complete by the year 2019.

A suitable coal block for supplying coal to the project in the vicinity of the complex is being identified on priority basis by the Government of India. The process for allocation of the block is being initiated by Ministry of Coal.

The project is of strategic importance for the country as it aims to make breakthrough for an alternative source of feedstock in the form of abundantly available coal from domestic sources. As per the available statistics, the total coal reserves in the country are around 300 billion ton with recoverable reserve of 173 billion ton. Thus the potential exists for converting these reserves into value added products like syn gas for use by fertilizer and power plants at affordable price.

Revival of the Talcher unit will trigger a great economic boom in Odisha and eastern part of the country as it will generate opportunities in the form of direct and indirect employment for the people in the region. Besides, the project will give the much needed urea fertilizer to the farmers of the country.

Success of this project is expected to be a game changer and shall pave a way forward to the production of fertilizer from abundantly available coal resulting in less dependency on imports.

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GAIL The Fastest Indian Finals to be held on 16 January, 2015 at New Delhi

GAIL-TFI – to identify and develop Olympic-level sprinters, enters into its last leg

Hunt for the next Milkha to culminate on 16th January at Thyagaraj Sports Complex, Delhi

New Delhi, December 18, 2014: “GAIL-The Fastest Indian”, a sports talent hunt with an aim to identify potential Olympic medal winners in Athletics, has entered into its last and final leg. Over the last three months, the first edition of the talent hunt traversed through 19 cities across the country. From Guwahati to Ahmedabad and Chandigarh to Kochi, over 5,000 school children in the age group of 12-14 years participated in their quest of becoming next Milkha of India and securing medals for the country in 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The grand finale of the event will now be held on January 16 next year at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex, Delhi, which was one of the venues for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The finals were earlier slated for December 14, 2014 in Bengaluru and it now been rescheduled on the requests of participants seeking little more time as most of them have just got free from their terminal examinations in the schools.
The Principal Mentor of the event and legendary athlete Padmashree’ Milkha Singh will be present in the grand finale and provide his valuable inputs in selecting and grooming the winners.
During the league stage, individual winners from each city were awarded with medals and prizes for being “GAIL-The Fastest Indian” of their respective cities. The talent hunt was an equal opportunity event for both boys and girls and was aimed at finding best talent in 100 m, 200m and 400m races.
The winners of the league stages held at 19 cities across the country are listed in the tournament website ( .The leader board on the website reflects the talent that resides within the country.
The best runners from across the country as displayed on the leader board will be given the chance to compete for the ultimate title of “GAIL-The Fastest Indian” during the grand finale on the 16th of January, 2015.  Top 8 participants on the leader board in each category (100m, 200m, 400m for boys and girls)) will be participating in the finals to become “GAIL-The Fastest Indian” in the respective categories.
The winners of the finals will receive complete scholarship up to their post-graduation to focus on running and to motivate them. They would also receive specialized training from renowned national and international sports trainers.
Principal sponsors of the event, GAIL India Limited – India’s no-1 natural gas company, conceived the idea of finding the best athletics talent in the country and walked extra mile to make the event a grand success. The talent hunt matches with GAIL’s vision of unearthing the unpolished diamonds from the not-so-heard places of the country and providing them proper training and equal opportunities. The GAIL support would help them in bringing so many laurels and appreciations, including medals, for themselves and the country.
The other partners who are making this dream possible include IFIM Business School (Academic partner) which is providing scholarships, Anglian Medal Hunt (Technical Partner), (Digital media partner), Croma (Promotions partner), Fox Mandal (Knowledge partner), iCONGO(social justice partner), (Official partner),  Yi (Out Reach partner) and Unibic (official cookie partner).
For further information contact:
Indranil Das, GAIL-

GAIL hosts the GRI India’s ‘Hands on workshop on Learning from GRI G4 Reports in India’ on 10th Dec 2014

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a leading organisation in the field of sustainability. Headquartered at Amsterdam, the GRI works with the vision of a sustainable global economy where organisations manage their economic, environmental, social and governance performance and impacts responsibly, and report transparently. ​The GRI Focal Point India provides guidance and support to local organisations, driving GRI’s mission in India.
GAIL became the proud host of the GRI India’s ‘Hands on workshop on Learning from GRI G4 Reports in India’ on 10th December, 2014 at GAIL Corporate Office, New Delhi
The Welcome Address was delivered by Sh. M. Ravindran, Director (HR). In addition to highlighting GAIL’s sustainability perspective, he also focused on preparing for the G4 guidelines that drive greater attention to Materiality and Supply chain management. This was followed by a short presentation on GAIL’s Sustainability initiatives by Sustainability team.
The workshop began with the presentation from Dr. Aditi Haldar, Head & Director, GRI Focal Point India, on the main features of the GRI G4 guidelines. The workshop had speakers from organisations such as Infosys, ACC, Yes Bank, BSI Group, DNV among others. Since the organisations have been pioneers and early adopters of GRI G4 Sustainability Reporting, it was an immense learning experience for GAIL which is gearing up for the reporting in accordance with GRI G4 guidelines for FY 14-15.
The workshop was interactive and well attended by executives representing from organisations such as Vodafone, BPCL, NTPC, BHEL, TERI, Asian Paints, Mother Diary, Havells among others.
GAIL as one of the exclusive members of the GRI Focal Point India Sustainability & Transparency Consortium hosted the Workshop which was of high prestige value to GAIL, giving a platform to showcase itself as an organisation committed to the cause of sustainability and also avail a platform to gain from the experience of GRI G4 early adopters. Last year, GAIL had also hosted the launch of the GRI G4 Guidelines in India.
A vote of thanks was given by Sh. Santanu Roy, GM (Corporate Planning).

In addition to the workshop, the GRI Advisory Committee Meeting was held at GAIL Corporate Office on 11th December, 2014. The session was chaired by Sh. Bhaskar Chatterjee, DG IICA. A presentation on Global Strategy of GRI by delivered by Dr. Alyson Slater, Director Regional Network and Sustainable Development, GRI and Update and way forward of GRI Focal Point India by Dr. Aditi Haldar. The Committee has representation from GAIL, BSI, TCS, CII and DNV among others.

GAIL Subsidiary Signs Agreement To Procure Natural Gas For Liquefaction At Cove Point, US


GAIL subsidiary signs agreement to procure natural gas for liquefaction at Cove Point, US

US-based WGL Midstream Inc. to supply natural gas to produce 2.5 MTPA LNG

New Delhi, December 5, 2014: GAIL (India) Limited today announced signing of a sourcing agreement between its subsidiary GAIL Global USA LNG LLC (‘GGULL’) and US-based company WGL Midstream Inc. (‘WGLM’) for procurement of natural gas required to produce about 2.5 MTPA of LNG at the Cove Point Terminal located in Maryland, US. WGLM is a subsidiary of WGL Holdings Inc., a prominent natural gas company of the United States.

The definitive gas sale and purchase agreement has been signed for a period of 20 years and supplies are expected to commence from late 2017 when the LNG terminal, in which GGULL holds liquefaction capacity, becomes operational.

Commenting on the development, Mr. B. C. Tripathi, Chairman and Managing Director of GAIL, said “We are delighted to partner WGLM which is a part of a group having a rich history of over 160 years in natural gas supply business in the mid-Atlantic region. This agreement is another milestone towards GAIL’s efforts in sourcing of LNG to meet the rising demand of gas in the Indian market. We are now in the process of chartering of LNG ships thereby entrenching our presence across the complete LNG supply chain and bring more value to the Indian customers”.

On the occasion, Mr. Terry D. McCallister, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, WGL Holdings, Inc. said “WGL Midstream’s long-term relationship with GAIL capitalizes on the growing supply of abundant natural gas from the Marcellus Shale production region. This growing supply source has been providing clean burning natural gas to Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States and now will supply the country of India as well.”

GAIL is India’s leading natural gas company with a presence along the entire hydrocarbon value chain spanning E&P, LNG, pipelines, LPG, petrochemicals, city gas distribution etc. GAIL has signed a 20 year Sales and Purchase Agreement with Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC, a unit of Cheniere Energy Partners, USA for supply of 3.5 million tonnes per year of LNG. GAIL also signed a Terminal Service agreement for 2.3 million tonnes per year of LNG liquefaction capacity with Dominion Cove Point LNG LP, USA.

WGL Midstream handles non-regulated gas business with operations covering midstream infrastructure and energy services. Its parent, WGL Holdings, Inc., is a public utility holding company serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region and is a leading source for clean and efficient energy solutions with activities in 30 states. Washington Gas, its leading subsidiary has been providing natural gas service to customers in the D.C. metropolitan area for over 160 years and serves more than one million customers in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

M/s Pace Global (a Siemens business), M/s Thompson & Knight & M/s Amarchand Mangaldas assisted GAIL on commercial and legal aspects of the transaction.

WGL Midstream engaged Vega Energy Partners, Ltd., for the execution of these transactions. Vega will also play an ongoing role in the implementation of these contracts.


GAIL India among the Top Indian Companies on CSR

GAIL (India) Limited has been ranked 11th amongst India’s Best Companies for CSR 2014 as per the recently published study by ET together with Futurescape and IIM Udaipur

 The study looked at top 115 Indian companies to arrive at the ranking. It covered industries as varied as automobiles, banks, diversified, FMCG, infrastructure, information technology, metals and mining, oil, power, steel, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and others.

The Companies are being ranked based on their focus on CSR and Sustainability by creating a combined score that weighs each of the 4 parameters Governance, Disclosure, CSR Stakeholders and Sustainability. The scores are arrived at by evaluating each companies Sustainability/ Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) report by analysts who scored based on a number of dimensions under the four parameters

We’re proud of this achievement and continue to pledge more for the society through our unique CSR programs such as GAIL Utkarsh, Project Arogya and unique events like GAIL The Fastest Indian

1. Tata Steel

2. Tata Chemicals

3. Mahindra Group

4. Maruti Suzuki

5. Tata Motors

6. Siemens

7. Larsen & Toubro

8. Coca-Cola India

9. Steel Authority of India

10. Infosys 

11. GAIL



TAPI Pipeline Company to build, own and operate 1,800 km pipeline from Turkmenistan to India

TAPI Pipeline Company incorporated by member countries
Company to build, own and operate 1,800 km pipeline from Turkmenistan to India
New Delhi, November 13, 2014: GAIL (India) Limited, India’s leading natural gas company, along with state gas companies of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan have established a company that will build, own and operate the planned 1,800-kilometer Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline.
State Concern “Turkmengas”, Afghan Gas Enterprise, Inter State Gas Systems (Private) Limited and GAIL will own equal shares of the company, TAPI Pipeline Company Limited (TPCL)
The company has been incorporated as a Special Purpose Vehicle in the Isle of Man, a British Crown dependency, located in the Irish Sea. This SPV would be responsible for finance, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the TAPI pipeline.
ADB was appointed the transaction advisor for the TAPI gas pipeline project in November 2013. In that role, ADB advised on the establishment of the TAPI pipeline company as an integral part of the larger goal of identifying and selecting a  consortium leader to spearhead the construction and operation of the pipeline. When selected, the  consortium leader will be expected to take a substantial stake in the company.
The TAPI pipeline will export up to 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India over 30 years. Turkmenistan has the world’s fourth-largest proven gas reserves, and the pipeline will allow the landlocked country to diversify its gas export markets to the southeast. Turkmen gas in turn will provide a key new source of fuel for  Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.
India is pursuing the Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India (TAPI) Pipeline project to receive Natural Gas supply from the Yolotan Osman (Galkynysh) fields in Turkmenistan. The 1800  kms of pipeline will carry 90 MMSCMD of natural gas, of which India and Pakistan will receive 38 MMSCMD each and Afghanistan’s share is 14 MMSCMD. Currently, Afghanistan has indicated that it will be taking volumes of the tune of 1.5 – 4 MMSCMD. Volumes not taken by Afghanistan can be equally shared between India and Pakistan. The landfall point of the pipeline in India will be at Fazilka (Punjab).



GAIL launches India’s biggest athletics talent hunt GAIL: The Fastest Indian


GAIL launches India’s biggest athletics talent hunt GAIL: The Fastest Indian

Hunt for the next Milkha to identify and develop Olympic-level sprinters

Ambitious project to scout and support talent in India for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Talent hunt amongst children across 19 Cities and 20 Events

New Delhi, September 22, 2014: Aiming to identify Olympics medal winners in Athletics, GAIL (India) Limited today launched the first edition of India’s most ambitious sports talent hunt, “GAIL:The Fastest Indian”, in association with Spoment.

Legendary athlete ‘Padmashree’ Milkha Singh, himself, is the mentor of the talent hunt, which will identify, groom and develop champions keeping in mind 2020 Tokyo Olympics and herald a new era in the Indian Athletics.

The talent hunt is aimed at finding next Milkha of India and will be conducted across 19 cities reaching over 3,000 schools in the age group of 12 to 14 years.

The event is spread into finding best talents in 100 metre, 200 metre and 400 metre race for both, boys and girls.

Winners from their respective cities would be competing to become “GAIL:The Fastest Indian” on December 14, 2014 at Bengaluru in the finals, where one boy and one girl from each category will be selected.

GAIL (India) Limited, India’s No. 1 Natural Gas company and a Maharatna PSU, is the principal partner of the event being organized by Spoment, a global sports, media and entertainment company.

Winners of the finals of “GAIL:The Fastest Indian” would be trained by renowned national and international sports trainers, where they would get specialized training needed to compete at the international events. The winners will also be given complete scholarship up till their post-graduation so that their focus would continue to remain on medal winning and not have to ne worry about the future.

Speaking on the occasion, ‘The Flying Sikh’ Shri Milkha Singh said, “I am very happy that GAIL and Spoment have taken this initiative. This project is the need of the hour. It will help find many more Milkha’s from the length and breadth of this country.”

GAIL’s Director HR Shri M. Ravindran said, “GAIL is a brand associated with energy, youthfulness and growth. The company’s lean and nimble workforce has worked hard to make it the country’s fastest growing Maharatna company in 30 short years. Association with the search for the fastest Indian thus comes naturally for GAIL. Athletics as a sport is a true test of human endurance, redefining the limits we set on ourselves. We are sure that a country of a billion plus has a lot of extraordinary talent that is untapped. What is required is a little help and little faith. We hope to be that help.”

According to Shri Darshan M, Director, Spoment, “GAIL-The Fastest Indian is much more than a talent hunt, it’s a dream for Indian sports. It is an ambitious attempt to discover, groom and develop an Indian Olympic level athlete. The project would achieve its goal even if few of the kids from this search go on to represent India at the international sports arena.”

While the first edition of “GAIL-The Fastest Indian” will cover 19 cities, it will be expanded over time to reach all 800 districts of the country, thus becoming the world’s largest ever athletics talent competition.

The organizers have tied up with the School Games Federation of India to popularize the event and ensure participation by the maximum number of talented children.

The other partners who are making this dream possible include IFIM Business School which is providing scholarships, Manipal Hospitals, Sports Keeda, Chroma, Fox Mandal, ICONGO,, CII YI and UNIBIC.

The cities where the event will be held and the dates are given below. The exact venues will be announced in due course.

The cities where the event will be held and the dates are given below. The exact venues will be announced in due course.

City Date


Ludhiana 7 Oct 2014


10 Oct 2014



13 Oct 2014



14 Oct 2014



16 Oct 2014



17 Oct 2014



20 Oct 2014



27 Oct 2014



30 Oct 2014



7 Nov 2014



10 Nov 2014



12 Nov 2014



15 Nov 2014

14 Banaras

17 Nov 2014



20 Nov 2014



22 Nov 2014



25 Nov 2014

18 Guwahati

27 Nov 2014

19 Bhubaneswar 29 Nov 2014



‘Energy Highway’ for Eastern India – Press Release

Hon’ble Prime Minister announces ‘Energy Highway’ for Eastern India


Project to enable implementation of city gas networks in 20 major cities and connect them with clean fuel natural gas

2,050 km Jagdishpur – Phulpur – Haldia pipeline to be built by GAIL at an estimated investment of Rs. 10,000 crores

Project to rejuvenate fertilizer, power plants and major industries

New Delhi, August 24: In a significant move towards fulfilling Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s commitment towards overall development of Eastern India and meeting its energy requirements, work is all set to commence on the 2,050 km Jagdishpur – Phulpur – Haldia natural gas pipeline 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 Hon’ble Prime Minister at a public function in Ranchi.

The pipeline will benefit millions of people in the four states and lead to setting up of City Gas Networks in 20 major cities of the region, i.e, Varanasi,  Allahabad, Patna,  Gaya, Chhapra,  Siwan,  Gopalganj, Mujaffarpur, Bettiah, Bhagalpur, Deoghar, Godda, Dumka, 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 fertilizer 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 fertilizer 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.

Additional details:

The Jagdishpur – Phulpur – Haldia pipeline will consist of 922 km main line (36 inch-diameter) and 1,128 km spur lines and feeder lines (12 to 30 inch diameter). The compressor station will be located at Haldia.

GAIL has already started activities related to detailed survey of the pipeline route. The survey will include Engineering Survey (topography, Population Density Index, Soil Resistivity and Soil Investigation Survey) and Cadastral Survey (collection of revenue details of every village along the route along with ownership details). Actual construction activities will commence once the survey is completed.

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.

The proposed pipeline will cover the following districts:
West Bengal (Main line – 385 km, spur lines – 360 km)

Jharkhand (Main line – 174 km, spur lines – 165 km)

Bihar (Main line – 205 km, spur lines – 416 km)

Uttar Pradesh (Main line – 158 km, spur lines – 187 km)

·         Purba Medinapur
·         Bankura
·         Puruliya
·         Hooghly
·         Bardhaman

·         Bokaro
·         Giridih
·         Hazaribagh
·         Dhanbad
·         East Singhbum

·         Gaya
·         Aurangabad
·         Rohtas
·         Kaimur
·         Patna
·         Chhapra
·         Siwan
·         Mujaffarpur
·         Bettiah
·         Gopalgunj
·         Begusarai
·         Bhagalpur
·         Saran
·         West Champaran

·         Varanasi
·         Allahabad
·         Jaunpur
·         Gorakhpur