After a delay of over two years, the BJP government in Haryana has set in motion the process to ink a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the gas companies for laying gas pipeline across the state. The move is intended to cater to the needs of the industrial units by providing comparatively economical and sufficient gas-based energy.
Sources said the piped natural gas (PNG) would be supplied for industrial use but owing to its prohibitive costs may not become popular for household consumption except in affluent cities like Gurgaon and Faridabad.
The issue of piped natural gas (PNG) network in Haryana had political overtones since the previous Congress regime showed reluctance in facilitating publication of notification for acquiring land to provide right of way for laying of Mehsana-Bhatinda natural gas pipeline by a consortium of companies led by the Gujarat State Petronet Limited (GSPL), a public sector undertaking of the BJP-ruled Gujarat.
The GSPL India Gasnet Limited, a joint venture consortium comprising of GSPL, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, HPCL and BPCL had won the bid for laying 1,650km Mehsana-Bhatinda natural gas pipeline (MBPL). The MBPL will pass through Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab.
“It would have provided natural gas connectivity to Rohtak, Hisar and Sirsa districts of Haryana. The gazette notification for acquiring right of way under Petroleum and Minerals Pipeline Act, 1962, has been published for the entire pipeline except Haryana,” said an official.
SPV to make a bid
As per the preliminary discussions, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) comprising the Haryana State Industrial and
Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and a gas company — possibly Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) or Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) — would be formed to make a bid for gas distribution project.
Yamunanagar, Bawal in Rewari and Manesar in Gurgaon have been tentatively identified by the state government for laying of the gas distribution infrastructure.
The Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL), a central public sector undertaking, has already got a nod from the Centre for laying two gas pipeline networks crossing through Haryana — 610km Dadri-Bawana-Nangal pipeline and 450km Chainsa-Gurgaon-Jhajjar-Hisar pipeline.
The Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) already owns and operates the 132km Dadri-Panipat natural gas pipeline. This pipeline transports natural gas to IOCL’s Panipat refinery and Naptha cracker unit.
Officials said two entities can cater to the consumers within the tariff zone of their proposed and established gas pipeline. Yamunanagar and Jagadhri fall within the tariff zone of the proposed Dadri-Bawana-Nangal natural gas pipeline of GAIL as provided under the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) regulations.