The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has fixed the capacity of Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure Ltd’s (RGTIL) East-West gas pipeline at 85 million standard cubic meters per day.

East-West pipeline, which ferries gas from Reliance Industries’ eastern offshore KG-D6 fields from its landfall point at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh to Bharuch in Gujarat, has been in operation since April 1, 2009.

“The capacity of the pipeline has been declared as 85 mmscmd,” the PNGRB said in its order dated November 2. “This capacity includes system use gas considering average system use gas of 0.3 mscmd per compressor station.”

One-third of this capacity will be available on common carrier basis — i.e third parties can rent the capacity for moving their own fuel.

The 48-inch, 1,396-km East-West pipeline traverses through the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The current gas source for the pipeline is the KG-D6 block of RIL.

The gas discoveries by state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and Gujarat State Petroleum Corp (GSPC) in the neighbouring blocks of KG-D6 are also potential sources of gas in the near future.

RGTIL was originally a subsidiary of RIL and was incorporated in March 2003 to transport natural gas from eastern offshore gas fields to consumption centres. Two years later, it was transferred to Mukesh Ambani, chairman of RIL.

Relogistics Infrastructure Ltd (Relog), a subsidiary of RGTIL, had won government authorisation to lay Kakinada—Basudebpur—Howrah pipeline, Kakinada—Chennai line, Chennai—Bangalore—Mangalore pipeline and Chennai—Tuticorin line. But authorisation for these pipelines has been cancelled by the Oil ministry because of little progress in implementation of these projects.

(This article was published on November 14, 2012)
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