Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), has granted authorization to Reliance Gas Piplines, to lay a pipeline to transport coal gas.
The company has obtained a licence to lay a 312 km pipeline to transport coal gas produced from RIL's Sohagpur block in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh, to Phulpur near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. The pipeline will have a capacity to transport 4.3 million standard cu mtr per day of gas including 0.875 million standard cu mtr per day capacity which will be available for any third party for open access on non-discriminatory basis.
The pipeline will travel from Shahdol to JaysingNagar to Beohari to Gurh and will finally culminate at Phulpur. At Phulpur, the pipeline may be hooked into state-owned gas utility GAIL India's main Hazira-Vijaypur-Jagdishpur trunk gas pipeline. Connection with Hazira-Vijaypur-Jagdishpur will enable gas to flow to any consumer.
RIL intends to produce 3.5 million standard cu mtr per day of gas from its Sohagpur (east) and Sohagpur (west) coal-bed methane (CBM) blocks in Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh by 2015.
The entity is allowed a maximum period of 36 months from the date of issue of the authorisation letter for commissioning of the natural gas pipeline project. Any failure on the part of the entity in complying with the targets prescribed in the time schedule shall lead to consequences, including cancellation of the authorisation.