GAIL building pipelines worth Rs 18,000 crore

Written by Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Updated: Sep 30 2009, 05:53am hrs
State-run utility GAIL India is constructing pipelines worth Rs 18,000 crore, which will add 6,000 km to its gas transportation network over the next three years.

We currently have pipelines worth Rs 18,000 crore under construction. We will be adding 6,000 km (of pipelines) over the next 3-4 years, GAIL director (business development) AK Purwaha told newsmen on Tuesday.

The company, with a network of 7,000 km, has invested in five new pipelines and is upgrading some existing networks, he said.

The state-run utility said it would lay a 600-km pipeline from Jhabua to Kailaras in Madhya Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs 3,000 crore. It also plans to commission a few pipelines in the current fiscal, Purwaha said, but did not give details.

GAIL, which has a capex plan of Rs 5,558 crore in FY 10, plans to more than double the amount of gas it transports by 2011-12.

Our gas transportation capacity will more than double to over 300 mmscmd from 150 mmscmd, he said.