India's gas pipeline mileage set to double

Projects in various stages of implementation will more than double the length of India’s natural gas pipeline system, according to the minister of petroleum and natural gas.

The minister, M. Veerappa Moily, told the lower house of parliament that the total mileage of current projects is 12,650 km. India now has 11,500 km of gas pipelines in place.

Of nine projects under construction, six are sponsored by state-owned GAIL (India) Ltd. Their routes: Dadri-Bawana-Nangal, Chhainsa-Jhaijjar-Hisar, Dabhol-Bangalore, Kochi-Koottanad-Bangalore-Mangalore, Jagdishpur-Haldia, and Surat-Paradip.

The other gas pipelines under construction in India are by ventures of Gujarat State Petronet Ltd. (GSPL). GSPL India Transco Ltd. is building a pipeline connecting Mallavaram, Bhopal, Bhilwara, and Vijaipur.

GSPL India Gasnet is building the other two pipelines with these routes: Mehsana-Bhatinda and Bhatinda-Jammu-Srinagar.

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