After a delay of decades, the Gas Authority of India Limited (Gail) is all set to commission Kochi-Mangaluru Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) pipeline next month. Once the project is through, sales of LNG from the Puthuvyppu terminal will go up considerably benefitting the state government.
Gail has resumed the work of laying pipes that had been stopped due to the lockdown. Only a small stretch in the Kasaragod district remains to be completed. “Barring a small stretch across Chandragiri river, laying of the pipeline has been completed and it will be over within a month unless there is any fresh hindrance. So, we expect that the Kochi-Bengaluru LNG pipeline network can be commissioned by the first week of June,” said P Murugesan, executive director, Gail.
According to Gail authorities, pre-commissioning activities are going on in full swing. Supply of LNG from LNG Petronet, Puthuvype in Kochi is expected to go up once the pipeline is commissioned.