India's Union Budget 2014-2015 proposes to double India’s natural gas pipeline network by another 15,000km.
The Union Budget is the annual budget of the Republic of India and was presented by Finance Minisiter Arun Jaitley on 10 July 2014.
The Hindu BusinessLine reported that Jaitley said the use of piped natural gas would be rapidly scaled up, from the existing 15,000km of gas pipeline systems.
"In order to complete the gas grid across the country, an additional 15,000 km of pipelines are required,” he said.
Jaitley said the Budget proposes to develop these pipelines using public-private-partnership models, and the government will also focus on exploring and producing coal bed methane (CBM) reserves.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, said “The Budget has given a direction to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Minsitry. We are now on a mission mode to develop the gas grid.”
According to the US Energy Information Admistration, natural gas accounted for only 7% of India's total energy consumption in 2012, a distant fourth after coal (44%), biomass & waste (22%), and petroleum and other liquids (22%). In 2012, India used natural gas primarily to generate electricity (33%), produce fertilizer (28%), and replace LPG for residential use (15%).
GAIL, the state-owned gas transmission and marketing company, controls over 70% of the country’s pipeline network, and operates two major gas pipelines in northwestern India with a combined length of 3328mi: the Hazira-Vijaipur-Jagadishpur (HVJ) line running from Gujarat to Delhi, and the Dahej-Vijaipur (DVPL) line.
Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure (RGTIL, owned by RIL) is the biggest private investor in the gas transmission structure and brought the 881mi east-west pipeline online in 2009, to link the KG-D6 gas field to GAIL’s pipeline network. However, it is underutilized.
The Assam Gas Co. has pipelines in northeastern India, and Gujarat State Petronet Ltd. (GSPL) has pipelines in Gujarat state. [Map from EIA]