KKBMPL project ready for take-off by the month-end

11 June 2018

The Kochi-Koottanad-Bengaluru-Mangalore Pipeline project (KKBMPL) is ready for take-off, with the Kochi-Koottanad (Thrissur) stretch of the pipeline likely to be commissioned by the month-end. The proposed energy grid connecting Bengaluru and Mangalore to Kochi could go a long way in rejuvenating industries in southern India, supplying them cheaper and cleaner fuel at half the earlier costs. KKBMPL is a cross-country RLNG (Re-gasified Natural Gas) project of 16-MMSCD capacity. Being executed by the Gas Authority of India (GAIL), it would cover 938 km, traversing Kerala (510 km), Tamil Nadu (310 km), and Karnataka (70 km).

Pipeline project
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Work on the KKBMPL Phase-II project — estimated to cost INR 2,915 cr — connecting Kochi to Bengaluru and Koottanad to Mangalore would be over by December. While work on the Bengaluru-Krishnagiri stretch in Karnataka would take a year, there is some uncertainty regarding the timeline for the Tamil Nadu section owing to issues that have arisen in the state.

The pipeline-laying work has been challenging, and it would boost utilisation of the LNG terminal in Kochi which has been languishing on account of low demand.

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