OIL gas pipeline ( Image for representational purpose only)

Dr Deben Buragohain, General Manager of GAIL, has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the proposed North East Gas Grid. The company is a joint venture of the IOCL, OIL, ONGC, GAIL and NRL, and is being floated for piped natural gas connectivity to all the NE State capitals.

Dr Buragohain was earlier associated with the Gas Cracker project before he went back to his parent company, GAIL. Buragohain told reporters on Monday that he received his new appointment on Monday, and that he is likely to take charge around the Independence Day this year. He will operate from the new company’s head office at Guwahati.

The five public sector oil and natural gas companies signed the joint venture agreement in July to implement the Rs 6000 Crore gas pipeline grid project in Northeast.

The joint venture company will develop, build, operate and maintain the natural gas pipeline grid connecting Guwahati to the major Northeast cities and major load centers like NRL, spanning over an estimated length of 1,500 KM, a TOI report said.

Deben Buragohain

The pipeline will also integrate feasible gas producing fields in the region. The joint venture company will have equal equity contribution from all the partners for development of the natural gas pipeline project.

The schedule for commissioning the project will be four years, including one year pre-project activities.  Besides connecting all the state capitals in the 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.

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