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To transport natural gas among north eastern states and West Bengal a 9000 crore rupees gas-grid project has been approved by the Union petroleum and Natural Gas minister in March 2019. There is an abundant amount of natural gas available in Assam, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and other north east states. At the inauguration ceremony of Rs. 215 crore Sonamura Gas Collecting Station of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, the government approved this project to transport gas among north eastern states as well as West Bengal via Siliguri.

map location show in West Bengal via Siliguri

Map Location Show in West Bengal Via Siliguri

map location show in West Bengal via Siliguri

This is image show in gas pipeline network

This is Image Show in Gas Pipeline Network

This is image show in gas pipeline network

Project Overview

  • The NEGG is a joint venture of five oil and natural gas companies Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), Indian Oil Corporations Limited (IOCL), Oil India Limited (OIL), Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) and ONGC.

  • The transportation and availability of cooking gas (liquefied petroleum gas – LPG) has been eased after the Centre signed a deal with the Bangladesh to ferry LPG via Chittagong international sea port and land route.

  • Carrying LPG tankers or cylinders by trucks through the northeast is a big problem due to its mountainous terrain. The ferrying through Bangladesh will be cost-effective & consume less time.

  • The ONGC should explore more gas reserves to develop new industries, power plants and other projects in the state to help create jobs, Chief Minister of Tripura.

  • The ONGC has been working in Tripura for the past five decades. It has drilled 225 wells and found gas in 116.

  • According to ONGC, a 726 MW power plant in southern Tripura is using local reserves.

  • The gas-based power projects are supplying electricity to all the north eastern states and Bangladesh (160 MW).

The Indradhanush Gas Grid

  • The 1,600-km Indradhanush Gas Grid connecting the north-eastern states was earlier expecting to get Rs. 5,000-crore funding from the Centre.

  • The gas grid will be developed by a joint venture of GAIL (India), ONGC, Indian Oil, Oil India and Numaligarh Refinery.

  • Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the grid at Guwahati. The grid aims to cover and connect the entire north-east with natural gas pipeline and is expected to be completed in the next five years.

  • Assistance given to the 2,539-km long Urja Ganga pipeline project connecting the eastern part of the country was 40 % of the total cost.

  • The Indradhanush Grid will be connected by the country’s main grid through a pipeline which will bring natural gas from Barauni to Guwahati.

  • The capital city of Assam Dispur will be connected with some of the main cities in the north-east, including Itanagar, Dimapur, Kohima, Imphal, Aizwal, Shillong, Agartala, Silchar, Gangtok and Numaligarh through three pipelines.

  • The project aims to provide piped natural gas to households and liquefied natural gas for vehicles.

  • The pipeline has been designed with flexibility for gas injection in either direction.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 12, 2019

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