Natural Gas Production GAIL Signs Gas Cooperation Agreement with Government of Bihar

Editor: Dominik Stephan

In a landmark development to expand the natural gas footprint in eastern India, GAIL (India) Limited signed a Gas Cooperation Agreement (GCA) for Natural Gas Infrastructure and City Gas Distribution with the Department of Industries of the Government of Bihar.

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Patna/India –The GCA was signed in the presence of the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar as well as the country's Minister for Industries, Dr Renu Kumari Kushwaha; Chief Secretary A. K. Sinha; and GAIL's Chairman and Managing Director BC Tripathi as well as the Principal Secretary of, Industries Naveen Verma and GAIL's Marketing Director Prabhat Singh and other senior officials from Department of Industries and GAIL (India).

Under the provisions of the GCA, GAIL and the Bihar Government will evaluate the feasibility for cooperation for the development of the use of eco-friendly fuel, especially natural gas, in the state as well as development of natural gas distribution and city gas infrastructure in identified urban areas and cities after obtaining due authorization from the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB).

GAIL is constructing the 2,050 km. Haldia–Jagdishpur pipeline from transmission and distribution of natural gas, of which about 621 km. will pass through 14 districts of Bihar.

The mainline of the Haldia–Jagdishpur will cover 4 districts of Bihar such as Kaimur, Rohtas, Aurangabad, Gaya and 10 districts for the spur lines. GAIL will explore the possibility of City Gas Distribution in major towns of Bihar along this pipeline route.