‘India expects Rs.455 bn investment in gas pipeline sector’

October 21st, 2008 - 5:24 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) India expects investments worth Rs.455 billion in the gas pipeline sector in the next four years, said an industry lobby report, released here Tuesday.The report, prepared jointly by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) and accounting firm Ernst and Young (E&Y) said the amount will be invested in building the pipeline networks.

Though coal would remain the major energy source for India, the share of oil and gas in the primary commercial energy mix is expected to grow from the existing 36 percent to 41 percent in a decade, it said.

According to the report, an additional investment of Rs.800 billion would be needed by 2015 as gas pipeline network is becoming a priority in the Indian petroleum sector.

Currently, India has a 10,000-km long gas pipeline network, in which the state-run Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) has 55 percent stake.

Assocham president Sajjan Jindal has said a significant expansion of gas pipeline network is expected over the next few years as India gears up to create a cross-country integrated pipeline network for promoting gas utilisation.

GAIL is already implementing a national grid project under which it plans to develop about 8000 km of pipeline networks across 15 Indian states.

Private sector major Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) is also implementing its own pipeline network project, which includes the development of a 1440-km Kakinada-Ahmedabad East-West Pipeline and a Southern India pipeline network.

Regional pipeline network exists in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Tripura. Gujarat State Petronet Ltd is developing a 1200-km Gujarat gas grid, while Andhra Pradesh is also enhancing its gas distribution network.

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