14 Sep 2012 11:31 AM from CapEx
Suparna Chattopadhyay

1st phase of Kochi-Koottanad-Bangalore-Mangalore gas pipeline project commissioned

The distribution pipeline covers an area of 43 km

The first phase of GAIL India's ambitious Kochi-Koottanad-Bangalore-Mangalore gas distribution pipeline project has been commissioned. The pipeline will be officially inaugurated on 17 September 2012. This 43 km pipeline will connect Petronet LNG's 5 million tonne liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal at Puthuvypin to Udyogamandal and Ambalamugal. Petronet LNG's terminal at Puthuvypin is yet to commission. GAIL has laid a 30 inch pipeline from Puthuvypin to Udyogamandal and a 18 inch line from Udyogamandal to Ambalamugal.

The 915 km long trunk pipeline project was announced in June 2000 with an initial investment of Rs.10 billion. The cost of the project was revised several times and as of now the estimated cost is Rs.32 billion. Out of the total length of 915 kms - 510 kms will pass through Kerela, 310 kms through Tamil Nadu and 95 kms through Karnataka.

The districts which the pipeline will touch are Alwaye, Kannur, Kochi, Ernakulam, Koottanad, Palakkad, Kottakkal, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Palghat, Thrissur and Trippur in Kerala, Bangalore, Mangalore in Karnataka and Coimbatore, Dharmapuri, Erode, Kanjirkkod, Krishnagiri and Tiruchengode in Tamil Nadu. GAIL India has formed a joint venture - Kerala Gail Gas Ltd was formed with Kerela State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) to implement the project.

The second phase of the project which will connect Kanjirkkod and Alwaye is expected to be commissioned by May 2013.