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GAIL pipeline gains momentum

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State-run Gas Authority of India Ltd. (GAIL) has reportedly awarded a contract for laying a 105 km Perole-Kodalamuguru-Mangaluru section of the 440 km Kochi-Kuttanad-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline.

The contract has been awarded to Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services, which will likely allow the pipeline’s construction and completion to pick up momentum.

The 4493 crore pipeline project has faced setbacks with regards to its completion, particularly regarding land acquisition problems in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The pipeline was initially set to be completed by March 2013. This date was first relaxed until June 2015 and then – as agreed by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board in December 2016 – until February 2019. Although, GAIL is targeting completion for December 2018.

As reported by the New India Express: “GAIL is to lay the pipeline in two phases – a 44 km Phase 1 connecting Cochin port to FACT plant in the city and a 1 060 km Phase II taking the line from there to Thrissur-Koottanad and Palakkad in Kerala and onward to Coimbatore and Salem in Tamil Nadu before reaching Bengaluru.

In September 2016, GAIL awarded a pipelay contract for 91 km at the Kochi-Koottanad section.

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