Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan has launched an online portal for open access common carrier capacity booking on natural gas pipelines in the GAIL pipeline network.
As the first step to facilitating gas trading on hub or exchange trade platforms in India, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan launched the new online portal on Monday 27 August.
GAIL currently operates more than 11,400 km of natural gas pipelines throughout India and is working to expand the grid by 5,000 km with the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Project to eventually connect eastern and northeastern India.
The portal, accessible on the GAIL website, operates with in the regulatory framework and allows gas consumers to register common carrier pipeline capacity bookings online.
Of the total pipeline capacity, 25 per cent is dedicated as common carrier capacity, and of this approximately 33 per cent was used by third-party shippers in the 2017–18 financial year.
The online system is set to make non-discriminatory open-access to capacity on first-come-first-served basis easier for third party gas transporters.
“With this online initiative, GAIL has raised the standards of consumer experience for third-party access to natural gas pipelines to consumers in India,” said GAIL Chair and Chief Managing Director Shri B C Tripathi.
“GAIL has been providing third party access to pipelines since 2004 and over 100–150 consumers small and large are routinely being serviced at any time, during the last few years.”
For more information visit the GAIL website.
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