With the 175km-long gas pipeline from Gokak to Goa ready, Gas authority of India Ltd (GAIL) is set to start work of the second phase, which will be to provide gas to end users.
While gas has reached Zuari Industries Ltd (ZIL), in Sancoale, other industries in the state have placed requests for gas. ZIL PRO Anand Rajadhyaksha confirmed that the process of switching from naphtha to gas has began. "Presently, we are utilizing the balance stock of naphtha though some burners are running on gas," Rajadhyaksha said.
The competent authority in Goa appointed under the Petroleum And Natural Gas Act, Anthony D'Souza, said the main pipeline in Goa passes through Bicholim, Ponda and Mormugao covering a distance of 36km within the state. Work of putting a network of pipelines to supply gas to end users will now be taken up.
That will include extending the gas pipeline in the talukas of Bardez, Tiswadi and Salcete, which is part of the second phase. "It's a complicated job. We will have to now estimate where to lay the pipeline network," D'Souza said. He said many industries in the state have shown interest to switch over to gas. "The switchover will not only help them cut costs but will also reduce pollution," he added.
The main project-Dabhol to Bengalaru-was sanctioned by the Union government in 2007 and work on the project started in 2010-11. The total cost of the project is 5,000 crore including 800 crore spent on the Gokak-Goa pipeline.
The GAIL official in Goa said that to supply piped cooking gas, approval was required from the petroleum and natural gas regulatory board, before which the overall need for piped gas has to be identified.
While the state government can enter into a joint venture with GAIL to supply piped cooking gas, sources said the focus currently is on meeting the needs of the industry.
To supply piped gas to households a network of pipes will have to be laid which could be done only after the total requirement is estimated. [TOI]