GAIL completes Kochi-Mangaluru gas pipeline project

23 November 2020

The Kochi-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline project is finally ready for commissioning as natural gas company GAIL (India) has completed the final 540 mtr stretch across the Chandragiri river in northern Kerala. 

The 444 km long natural gas pipeline was launched in 2009 at an estimated cost of Rs 2,915 crore and was supposed to be commissioned in 2014. However, opposition on safety and commercial grounds wherein the land price was the main hurdle resulted in a delay in the project. This resulted in the project cost nearly doubling to over Rs 5,750 crore.

The company recently completed the most difficult stretch across the Chandragiri river in the Kasargod district of northern Kerala. Now the testing underway and this will be completed in the next two days. Within seven days itself, gas will reach Mangaluru, Karnataka through the 444 km pipeline.

Formal commissioning will be done later, according to the availability of the minister.

The pipeline is charged up to Kannur now, and is live up to Kuttanad in Palakkad district; 90 km north of Kochi since June 2019, and of the remaining 354 km the line is ready up to Kannur. Kuttanad is the main junction of the project as from here the line bifurcates to Mangaluru and Bengaluru.

Phase-I of the project was commissioned in August 2013 in the Kochi metropolitan area with industrial supplies and domestic supplies from February 2016 by Adani Gas.

The pipeline now supplies 3.8 million cu mtr of gas every day to industrial and residential customers in Kochi. It is set to cross four million cu mtr soon in the Kochi itself, while Mangaluru has a potential of 2.5 million cu mtr per day.

With the commissioning of the pipeline, gas demand in the state will touch 80-90 million cu mtr per annum from the current 60 million cu mtr.