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India to double gas pipeline network and further develop CBM

15th July 2014

The Indian government release its annual budget proposal last week, which included a doubling of the nation’s gas pipeline network and other energy sector infrastructure projects

India to double gas pipeline network and further develop CBM
The minister outlined plans to fund the expansion using public-private partnerships (PPP)

“We have at present about 15,000 kilometres of gas pipeline systems in the country,” said finance minister, Arun Jaitley. “In order to complete the gas grid across the country, an additional 15,000 kilometres of pipelines are required.”

The minister outlined plans to fund the expansion using public-private partnerships (PPP).

“This will help increase the usage of gas, domestic as well as imported, which in the long-term will be beneficial in reducing dependence on any one energy source,” he added.

The government also intends to accelerate production and exploration of coal bed methane (CBM reserves.

“The possibility of using modern technology to revive old or closed wells will also be explored to maximise production from such fields.”

“The budget has given a direction to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Minsitry. We are now on a mission mode to develop the gas grid,” said petroleum and natural gas minister, Dharmendra Pradhan.

“Cities have to get PNG gas. There definitely should be more than one source of energy and we have to move towards being a gas based economy.”

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