• Gail likely to realign Tamil Nadu pipeline to connect LNG terminal in Kochi with Bengaluru

    Gail, India’s largest natural gas pipeline operator, will likely agree to Tamil Nadu’s demand of realigning the proposed pipeline to connect Petronet’s LNG terminal in Kochi with Bengaluru along the national highway, an issue that has held up Rs 3,300-crore project for years. The state wants to avoid damage to farms and the dispute has reached Supreme Court. Protests from thousands of farmers delayed the project that was to be completed by early 2013. This has hurt GAIL and Petronet. The Kochi LNG terminal is ready for almost three years but barely operational.

    Gail has now agreed to join a panel set up by the state to consider an alternative route. Top Gail executives recently met Tamil Nadu officials for discussion. Industry sources said if the new route is aligned along the highway, it would be 20% longer and more costly but Gail wants to complete the project quickly. It is reluctant as building the pipeline along a highway needs thicker pipes. Larry Murphy Womens Jersey

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