AP Gas Tragedy: GAIL Appoints EIL to Check Pipeline Network

Engineers India Limited has been commissioned to do a comprehensive health check up of all the lines.

Published: 06th July 2014 03:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th July 2014 03:03 PM   |  A+A-

India Pipeline Blast_Madh(1)

HYDERABAD: In the wake of Nagaram gas pipeline fire-explosion last month in which 21 persons were killed, the Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) has appointed Engineers India (EIL) to check the health of its pipeline network of 870 kms from KG Basin on East Coast.

A senior official said that all the pipeline maintenance bases of GAIL across the country have been alerted on the parameters of their health and safety, and instructions have been issued for additional surveillance at increased frequency, and any deviation or abnormality to be attended immediately.

"Engineers India Limited has been commissioned to do a comprehensive health check up of all the lines. Replacement plan will be finalised as per the study report. However, we have been directed not to start any repair work till clearance from district administration is given," the official told PTI.

The mishap occurred in Nagaram village in East Godavari district , about 560 kms from Hyderabad, on June 27 apparently after leaked gas from a GAIL pipeline ignited when a tea vendor lit his stove.

Following the explosion, the gigantic flames scorched houses, coconut palms and everything else in a radius of half a kilometre.

The GAIL official said the restoration work of the damaged pipelines will depend on the study report and clearance from district administration. The company has approximately 870 kms of natural gas pipeline network in the state.

Though the capacity of the network is 15.9 MMSCMD of natural gas, only about 5 MMSCMD is currently being supplied due to unavailability of gas from KG Basin. Currently, the supplies are further reduced to 3 MMSCMD.

Though there is a flexibility built into system to maintain alternate minimum supply to consumers, looking into the accident occurred....as a precautionary measure, large part of network is either been shut down or being operated at reduced pressure," the official said about the alternate arrangements being made for gas supplies.



GAIL Blast Survivors Now in a Nightmare of Uncertainty 

GAIL Blames Oil Majors for Pipeline Blast

Rs 23 L Compensation Given to Kin of Deceased in Gas Pipeline Blast

PIL Filed for Shifting of GAIL Gas Station from Habitation 

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp