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City Gas Distribution project to be launched in Twin City




 The Rs 1,750 crore City Gas Distribution (CGD) project will be launched in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack soon, bringing safe, economic and environment friendly natural gas to Odisha.

      Piped Natural Gas (PNG) will be supplied to these cities through the Jagdishpur-Haldia-Bokaro-Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL), popularly known as 'Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga', GAIL (India) Director (Projects) Ashutosh Karnatak and Executive Director AK Singh announced here today.

      Households and small industries in the two cities can avail PNG while vehicles can use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) once the CGD network becomes operational, said Karnatak.

      The CGD project would be launched in the Capital City on March 18 by Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who will also inaugurate the city office of GAIL (India) Limited which is implementing JHBDPL as well as the CGD networks.

Karnatak said 2.5 lakh households each in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack will be provided PNG in next few years.

“The 2,619 km (JHBDPL) pipeline project is being executed at an investment of Rs 12,940 crore, which includes capital grant of 40 percent (Rs 5,176 crore) from the Centre. The pipeline will pass through five states - Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha - covering 49 districts, including 13 districts in Odisha,” he said.

Natural Gas will be supplied to Fertilizer Sector, Power Sector, Refineries, Steel, CGD and other sectors through this pipeline.

With assured Gas supply, Fertilizer Plants at Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), Barauni (Bihar) and Sindri (Jharkhand) have been approved for revival. This pipeline will also meet the gas requirements of Matix Fertilizer Plant at Durgapur (West Bengal).

      Besides Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, GAIL has been entrusted with developing CGD network enroute the pipeline in Varanasi, Patna, Jamshedpur, Kolkata and Ranchi.

“In Odisha, the pipeline will be constructed at an estimated investment of Rs 4,000 crore and it will cover 13 districts – Bhadrak, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Angul, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Khurda, Puri and Kendrapara – and a length of about 762 km,” said GAIL Executive Director AK Singh adding that the entire pipeline would be constructed and commissioned in two to three years.

Singh said while the Bhubaneswar CGD project will entail a capital expenditure of around Rs 1,000 crore, there will be an investment of Rs 750 crore for Cuttack project.

Bhubaneswar CGD project will benefit around 25 lakh people in Khordha district and around 2.5 lakh households will be supplied with PNG. Moreover, 24 CNG stations will be commissioned in the first three to five years to supply CNG fuel to around 1 lakh vehicles.

Similarly, in Cuttack around 26 lakh people will be benefited by this project while 2.5 lakh households will get PNG connections, GAIL officials said.

"We will start work on the CGD in June this year. A pilot project would be initiated in Bhubaneswar, and by end of this year, PNG would be supplied to select households in the Capital City. Initially, 1,000 households of Nalco and Railway employees would be covered under the pilot project," said Karnatak.

The GAIL officials also launched four mobile vans to spread awareness on how natural gas will transform the lives of people as it will be supplied directly to domestic kitchens and used in vehicles and for industrial sector as well. The economic, social and environmental benefits of natural gas will be highlighted through these mobile vans.

GAIL Gas is a subsidiary of GAIL engaged in CGD activities.






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