GAIL (India) Ltd has commenced construction work for the West Bengal stretch of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Pipeline Project.
The 555 km portion of the pipeline is located in West Bengal and is on a fast-tracked schedule for execution as part of the 2,655 km Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL) project, which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India in 2015.
This section is planned to run through eight districts, with further project activities to commence in Haldia and Kolkata shortly.
The JHBDPL project is being completed in two phases, comprising pipelines ranging from 4 to 36 inches (102 mm to 915 mm) in diameter.
Phase 1 includes the construction of 755 km of pipeline from Phulpur to Dobhi, with spurlines to Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Patna and Barauni, and is planned to be completed by December 2018.
Phase 2 of the project comprises 1,900 km of pipelines beyond Dobhi (Gaya), towards Durgapur Haldia and Bokaro, Ranchi and Angul, and Dhamra and is scheduled to be completed by December 2020.
The project will promote industrial development in the eastern part of India by supplying environmentally clean natural gas to companies in the industrial sector, including a fertiliser and power plant, refineries and steel plants.
The project will also provide clean energy to households and transportation in the cities located along the route of the pipeline.
For more information visit the GAIL website.
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