New Delhi: The government’s plan to carve an expansive network to provide cleaner fuel to people in the form of natural gas has come a long way, with close to 16,788 km of gas pipelines already operational and an extension plan to develop about 14,239 kilometres gas pipelines on the anvil, a status report released by the Petroleum Ministry said.
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has authorised these pipelines, which are at various stages of execution, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said. The North East gas pipeline was authorised to be set up by PNGRB. “These pipelines have been authorised by PNGRB and are at various stages of execution viz. Pre-Project activities/laying/testing/commissioning etc,” Pradhan informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply on the status of the Natural Gas Grid. “PNGRB has authorised GAIL to develop North East gas pipeline to develop the approximately 750 km long Barauni – Guwahati pipeline as an integral part of the Jagadishpur –Haldia –Bokaro Dhamra Pipeline (JHBDPL) project, which will connect North East region with the National Gas Grid.” PNGRB has also authorised Indradhanush Gas Grid Limited (IGGL), a joint venture company of IOCL, ONGC, GAIL, OIL and NRL for the development of North East Gas Grid to connect eight states of northeast states.
Objectives to Natural Gas Grid
The main aim of the Natural Gas Grid is to do away with the regional imbalance in India regarding the access of natural gas and to offer clean and green fuel. It also aims to connect gas sources to major demand centres, ensuring the availability of gas to consumers in various sectors. The Natural Gas Grid has also been planning to develop City Gas Distribution Networks in various cities for supplying CNG and PNG.