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Rs 400 cr Gokarn-Goa gas pipeline ready by 2012: Secy.

Panaji, June. 12 -- Union Petroleum Secretary S Sundareshan today said the Rs 400 crore Gokarn-Goa natural gas pipeline of the Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) would be ready by mid-2012 as the work is in progress as per the schedule.

Interacting with media persons here, Mr Sundareshan said it was part of Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline to facilitate the gas-based industries in Karnataka and Goa, and later the LPG consumers.

As of now, India had a pipeline network of about 9,000 km and another 8,000 km pipeline would be added by 2012, linking the four corners of the country. GAIL had been investing substantially on expanding the network. The network was now mostly confined to the West and the North.

The highly promising KG Basin in Andhra Pradesh would now be linked to the West, particularly from Kakinada town to Kochin, Mangalore and Bangalore, besides Chennai, Tuticorin, Haldia and Jagdalpur.

With the addition of the natural gas from the KG Basin, the gas availability had gone up to 180 million standard cubic metres as against 8.2 million standard cubic metres last year, even as the country was importing 7.5 million tonnes of LNG from Kuwait.

Surveys undertaken in Kerala-Konkan region in the Arabian Sea did not yield encouraging results for neither oil nor gas in the recent past, he added.

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