Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), empowered to invite tenders for the installation of gas pipelines nationwide, has initiated the development of the Jammu-Srinagar pipeline by inviting bids.
Stretching across 325 kilometres, the pipeline will commence from the endpoint of the Gurdaspur-Jammu natural gas pipeline being implemented by GAIL (India), and end in Srinagar.
The line will have a minimum capacity of 2 million metric standard cubic metres per day (mmscmd), including common carrier space, and will cater to the natural gas requirement of the picturesque Kashmir valley.
“This significant project aims to introduce the use of gas and contribute to the sustainable development of the Kashmir Valley. It is a significant move to deliver this environmental fuel in a cost-effective manner across the mountaineer region of the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Srinagar,” PNGRB said.
The availability of natural gas will stimulate economic activities in the region, providing a cleaner and more efficient energy source for industries, businesses, and households. This, in turn, is expected to contribute to the overall economic development of Jammu and Srinagar.
It may be recalled that the PNGRB in December 2023 had granted approval for initiating the bidding process for the development of natural gas pipeline from Jammu to Srinagar.
The deadline for bid submissions is 13 May. The chosen bidder will be responsible for the installation, construction, and operation of the natural gas pipeline.
It is notable that the bidding round for the award of a license to distribute natural gas in Srinagar valley is currently underway and the bids are expected to be received by mid-January 2024, PNGRB said.
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