GAIL decides to expand gas pipeline network capacity by 50%

GAIL Chairman and Managing Director B C Tripathi said the company will expand its pipeline network capacity by about 50 per cent by constructing 5,500-kilometers of new lines in the next three years.

He further said GAIL is also looking at setting up 400 CNG stations and giving out a record 10 lakh piped natural gas (PNG) connections to household kitchens.

The state-owned company operates 11,000-km of pipeline network and markets two-thirds of all natural gas sold in the country.

It is rapidly building infrastructure to support the government push towards a gas-based economy by raising the share of natural gas in the energy basket to 15 per cent from current 6.2 per cent, in next few years.

Speaking at the company’s 34th Annual General Meeting, Tripathi said GAIL plans to add 5,500-km gas pipelines to the existing network and leapfrog to capacity augmentation by about 50 per cent on the current base in the next three years in phases.

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