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NRL, GAIL sign Pipeline Right to Use sharing pact
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Oct 15 - A ‘Pipeline Right to Use (RoU) sharing agreement’ was inked between NRL and GAIL (India) Limited on Wednesday at New Delhi.

 The agreement, a win-win for both the sides, was signed by NRL GM (Project) PJ Sarma and GAIL GM (Projects) KK Sachdeva in the presence of NRL MD SK Barua and GAIL CMD Manoj Jain. Under the agreement, both the companies shall share a common RoU for laying their respective pipelines for a stretch of 550 km from Purnia in Bihar to Guwahati in Assam.

GAIL is laying its Barauni-Guwahati pipeline, which is part of the Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra Natural Gas pipeline project, popularly known as ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’ extended up to Guwahati to supply natural gas to pipelines under the North East Gas Grid.

NRL is also laying its 1,630-km-long Paradip Numaligarh Crude Pipeline, originating from Paradip Port, traversing through the States of Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Assam and terminating at its refinery at Numaligarh. The pipeline project is part of the mega integrated refinery expansion project from 3 MMTPA to 9 MMTPA currently under implementation at a project cost of more than Rs 22,000 crore.

Both the pipelines share a common pipeline route from Purnia to a place near Guwahati for around 550 km. The sharing of the pipeline RoU will help in optimisation of land acquisition for pipeline laying. Both the companies will also be benefited in terms of resource sharing during execution and operation of the respective pipelines.

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