GAIL said that the work of Urja Ganga gas pipeline will be completed by March 2025

GAIL said that the work of Urja Ganga gas pipeline will be completed by March 2025


GAIL, the company executing the pipeline, said its board of directors in a meeting held on June 28 had approved the revision in the project completion deadline.

GAIL, the company executing the pipeline, said its board of directors had approved the revision of the project completion deadline in a meeting held on June 28. | Photo Credit: Reuters

State-owned GAIL (India) Ltd said, “The construction of the Rs 12,940-crore 'Urja Ganga' gas pipeline, India's most ambitious project to carry eco-friendly fuel to the eastern parts of the country, has been delayed by nine months and will now be completed by March 2025.”

The 3,306-km Jagdishpur-Haldia-Bokaro-Dhamra pipeline was originally targeted to be completed by June 2024. But due to “delay in availability of Right of Use (RoU), the completion schedule has been revised “from June 2024 to March 2025”, GAIL said in a stock exchange filing.

Much of the pipeline has already been built and gas has started flowing to most cities along the route.

Traditionally, natural gas was available only in the western and northern parts of the country for use as fuel to generate power, make fertilisers or convert into CNG and cooking gas, as pipelines carrying the fuel from the source to users were limited to these parts.

In October 2016, work started on laying the pipeline from Jagdishpur in Uttar Pradesh to Haldia in West Bengal, Bokaro in Jharkhand and Dhamra in Odisha.

To supply fuel to the hitherto unconnected states of the eastern region, this railway line was extended from Barauni in Bihar to Guwahati in Assam, covering a length of 726 km.

The Jagdishpur-Haldia-Bokaro-Dhamra Pipeline (JHBDPL), popularly called the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Pipeline, will supply gas to the eastern states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal.

GAIL, the company executing the pipeline, said its board of directors approved the revision of the project completion deadline in a meeting held on June 28. The company said, “The completion deadline for the 240-km-long Dhamra-Haldia pipeline has also been revised from June 2024 to March 2025.”

The company on May 10, 2019 said it has completed all major contracts worth Rs 10,500 crore for pipeline supply and laying of the integrated 3,400-km long Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra Natural Gas Pipelines (JHBDPL) and Barauni-Guwahati Pipeline (BGPL) pipelines.

The government has provided 40% viability gap funding, amounting to ₹5,176 crore, for the implementation of JHBDPL. For the Barauni-Guwahati pipeline, 60% viability gap funding, amounting to ₹5,559 crore, has been provided by the government.

The Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Pipeline will connect all the geographical areas (over 90) spread across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal and North-East region of India.

When the project is fully completed, the North-Eastern/Eastern part of India will become an integral part of the gas based economy, availing dual benefits of cheapest gas transportation and gas pricing reforms through Energy Ganga.

Under the recently notified unified tariff rules by sector regulator Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), transportation charges for eastern parts have been cut by nearly 50% to Rs 99.90 per million British thermal unit, which will help make the clean fuel more affordable.

The pipeline has already started supplying to seven city gas distribution (CGD) projects in Varanasi, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. The pipeline also connects refineries located at Barauni, Haldia and Paradip. JHBDPL has a transmission capacity of 16 million cubic metres of natural gas per day.


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