Five public sector oil and natural gas companies – Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), Oil India Limited (OIL) and Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) inked a joint venture (JV) agreement in Guwahati on Friday to implement the Rs 6,000 crore gas pipeline grid projects in the Northeast.
The pipeline grid in Northeast was announced by the Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, during the Advantage Assam Summit held in Guwahati in February this year. The project is being implemented under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Urja Ganga Gas Pipeline Project.
A report published in the The Times of India stated, with the signing of the agreement the joint venture company will build, develop, operate and maintain the natural gas pipeline grid connecting Guwahati to the major Northeast cities and major load centres like NRL, spanning over an estimated length of 1,500 km. The pipeline will also merge feasible gas producing fields in the region.
The report also stated that for development of the natural gas pipeline project, the joint venture company will have equal equity contribution from all the partners. The schedule for commissioning the project will be four years, which includes one year of pre-project activities.
Officials said gas pipeline from Barauni in Bihar to Guwahati is expected to be laid down by 2022, and subsequently it will be connected to all the eight Northeast State capitals. The project is part of the Jagdishpur-Haldia gas pipeline.
Besides connecting all the State capitals in the Northeastern region, the pipeline will also connect with the National Gas Grid through Barauni-Guwahati Gas Pipeline, which is being laid by GAIL.
From Guwahati, the pipeline will extend to Numaligarh, Dimapur, Kohima and Imphal in one direction; Shillong, Silchar, Aizawl and Agartala in the second direction and to Itanagar in the third direction. Gangtok will be connected from Siliguri from the gas pipeline of GAIL coming from Barauni to Guwahati.
To propel industrial growth in the Northeast and to meet the growing energy needs, the Centre is going ahead with the 1500 km long natural gas pipeline link between the national grid and the Northeast.