GAIL to invest Rs 1,200 crore for Seraikela-Khersawan PNG supply
Jamshedpur: The Gail Gas Limited, a 100% subsidiary of GAIL, on Thursday announced investment of Rs 1,200 crore in adjoining Seraikela-Kharswan district for construction of a network to provide piped natural gas to 2.20 lakh households and building 41 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations within the next eight years.
GAIL said the first phase of the project is likely to start in the first quarter of 2020 and will cater to the needs of industrial plants, commercial buildings, transport sector and households covering an area of 2,657 sq km. The network of 600 inch km will be laid in the district under the City Gas Distribution Project and will benefit the 10.65 lakh population in urban and suburban areas.
“The work of laying the mother pipeline for sourcing gas from Jagdishpur in Uttar Pradesh will get complete in the next nine months following which networking will be done in the following next three months. Subsequently, gas supply to consumers will follow,” V Gautam, GAIL Gas general manager (marketing) told media persons on Thursday.
Informing that GAIL Gas has bagged the licence for operation in four districts of Giridih, Dhanbad, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan for a period of 25 years, Gautam said in West Singhbhum, an area of 7,224 km will be covered with five CNG stations and approximately 6,028 households will be connected with piped natural gas in the first phase. An investment of Rs 350 crore will be made on building networking system in the mineral rich district. He further said GAIL Gas will invest Rs 2,000 crore in the four identified districts by 2027 for establishing pipeline network and will give direct employment to 400 qualified youths.
GAIL Gas’s deputy GM (business development) Ajay Sinha said, “A network of 100 inch kms will be laid in West Singhbum and will benefit 15 lakh population.”
The company’s chief manager Vinay Krishna Srivastava added, “Once the detailed project report is ready for Giridih and Dhanbad, we will share the details.”