Mangaluru: Pipe laying problem - LNG transport by ship considered

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Aug 14: The 444-km long pipeline of the GAIL Limited from Kochi to the city meant to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) is taking too long to complete. The work on Dakshina Kannada side has been completed. However, the company is finding it very hard to lay the pipeline under river Chandragiri in Kasargod. Moreover, heavy rainfall and relentless march of coronavirus have proved to be a major impediment in the execution of the project.

It is learnt that the delay in laying the pipeline is causing heavy loss to GAIL. To obviate the losses, the company proposes to get LNG from Kochi through LNG tankers by ship to manage gas supply for a period of three months. GAIL has to supply LNG to Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers. Discussions are presently in progress in this connection. Deputy general manager of GAIL here, Vijayanand, said that Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd and Adani Udupi Power Corporation Ltd too have been waiting for the LNG supply.

Alternatively, LNG can be brought by LNG tankers till Ichilangodu near Kumble, Kasargod, from where it can be supplied by pipeline through the receiving station. Pros and cons of these measures are being compared and discussed at present.

As per the earlier expectations, LNG was to be supplied by August end. Even domestic supply was planned to be undertaken. However, after Kerala barred entry of people into that state, movement of workers and officials faced problems. Work began from August 3, but problems are encountered in digging a tunnel beneath the river and laying pipeline there. As per the current estimate, it might take about ten days for the work to resume, and 20 more days to complete it.





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  • vishal, mumbai

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    What is the current status of is 28/Sept today and still no news

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sat, Aug 15 2020

    Now they are facing problems ?Where are all Ingineurs ?dont they have no ideas?It is a dangerous project to lay gas pipelines under water .when hard things like stones etc hit against,explosion is sure.Last minute they think how to bring under water.Where were they till now?

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  • Amar, Byndoor

    Sat, Aug 15 2020

    Laying pipeline under see or river is an established practice. Only stoneage people do not understand.

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  • Polinami, Bajpe

    Fri, Aug 14 2020

    It is surprising that supply of LNG is being planned by ship at this stage when work is likely to be completed in 30 days. To plan for supply through ship, using a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) would require considerable amount of planning and may be too late to consider it at this point of time.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Fri, Aug 14 2020

    PSU will happily make loss in both original plan and subsequent corrective plan.

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  • Polinami, Bajpe

    Fri, Aug 14 2020

    PSU(GAIL) will never incur loss in this as the cost is pass through. They will bill the consumers( for all the deeds and mis deeds).

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  • K Poojary, Muscat, Mangaluru

    Fri, Aug 14 2020

    It's not a Kanjoos organization. Ok?

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  • ahimsavadi, mangalore

    Fri, Aug 14 2020

    result of giving contracts to small type players.

    this took too many years.

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