GUWAHATI, July 20: Taking a step towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Urja Ganga Gas Pipeline Project, a joint venture agreement was signed on Friday amongst five Petroleum and Natural Gas Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) – Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), GAIL (India) Limited, Oil India Limited (OIL) and Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) – at NRL Corporate Office, Guwahati for executing the North-East Natural Gas Pipeline Grid Project.
The PSUs shall develop, build, operate and maintain the Natural Gas Pipeline Grid connecting Guwahati to the major north-eastern cities, load centres and integrating it with gas producing fields. The estimated length of the proposed NE Natural Gas Pipeline Grid is around 1500 km having an estimated project cost of Rs. 6000 crore, a press release said. The tentative time schedule for commissioning this NG Gas Grid is four years, including one year pre-project activities. The joint venture company will have equal equity contribution from all the partners for development of this Natural Gas Pipeline Project.
The Gas Grid Project will connect all NE States to the National Gas Grid through Barauni-Guwahati Gas Pipeline 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.