The Government of Jharkhand and GAIL (India) Limited on 15 October 2015 inked a Gas Cooperation Agreement (GCA) for creation of Natural Gas and City Gas Distribution infrastructure. The infrastructure will assist the construction of Urja Ganga Jagdishpur-Haldia Pipeline project in the state.
The project aims at connecting eastern India to the national natural gas grid.
As per the terms of agreement, GAIL will set up a 174 kilometres main line and 166 kilometres spurlines in Jharkhand as part of the 2050 kilometres Jagdishpur-Haldia gas pipeline project linking Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
The pipeline will pass through six districts, Bokaro, Giridih, Hazaribagh, Dhanbad, East Singbhum and Ranchi.
After completion, the pipeline can also be used to provide Natural Gas as fuel to the Steel Authority of India plant in Bokaro and fertilizer plant at Sindri.
The agreement will also assist the establishment of pipeline connectivity from the seven Coal Bed Methane (CBM) blocks awarded in the state to various consumption centres.
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Who: Jharkhand and GAIL
When: 15 October 2015