Mangaluru, Aug 21, 2017: GAIL (India) Ltd., which is executing the 438-km Kochi-Koottanad-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline, is confident of commissioning it by September 2018, even as it has got assured demand for over 4 million cubic metres (MCM) per day from industries. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board has to take a call on domestic and automobile supply of LNG.
Mangaluru, which is slated to become a Smart City, will soon join the league of green cities in the country by gradually switching to natural gas for industrial, automobile and domestic purpose.
After overcoming stiff resistance from landowners in Kerala, GAIL has awarded contract for laying pipeline for 111 km stretch at a cost of about Rs. 160 crore in north Kerala and Dakshina Kannada in Karnataka last week. About 41 km of the line between Kochi LNG terminal and Kochi city is already operational.
Of the 91 km line between Kochi and Koottanad, from where the line branches out to Bengaluru, 72 km of the 69.5 km welded line has already been lowered in the ground, said Tony Mathew, general manager, GAIL, Kochi. The entire stretch is in the construction phase and will be part of the National Gas Grid.
The pipeline has the capacity to transport 16 MCM of LNG per day with the projected demand for Kochi city at around 5 MCM per day. Towns and cities enroute the pipeline will also get the clean fuel, GM Mathew said. The Regional Gas Management Centre at Kochi will monitor the network round the clock, he added.
The pipeline will pass through Mudipu, Konaje, Arkula, and Malavoor after entering Karnataka at Kairangala village to reach Mangalore Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd. (MCF) initially. MCF would use LNG as the feed to produce urea.
Another major industry, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals (MRPL) too will get LNG for feed to produce several products and also for fuel. MRPL is ready with the design to receive LNG, said Director (Refinery) M. Venkatesh.
Besides MCF and MRPL, other major and medium industries in the region too will use LNG either as feed or fuel.