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Patna: The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has awarded work to three companies to set up the city gas distribution (CGD) system in six districts.
The firms were selected in the ninth round of bidding through which works were awarded to different firms to set up CGD in 78 geographical areas spread across the country.
Prior to the actual bidding, the PNGRB had organised a series of pre-bid meetings across the country to brief prospective investors about the scope of investment in this sector. One such meeting had been organised in Patna on June 1 during which details about setting up CGD at six places in Bihar had been shared.
In Bihar, Aurangabad, Kaimur, Rohtas, Gaya, Nalanda and Begusarai had been included in the bidding round. According to the work awarded, the Indian Oil Corporation Limited would retail the gas and set up related infrastructure in Aurangabad, Kaimur and Rohtas districts.
The joint venture between the Indian Oil and Adani Gas Private Limited would do the same in Gaya and Nalanda and a consortium of Think Gas Investments PTE Limited and Think Gas Distribution Private Limited would carry it out in Begusarai district.
With the addition of six districts, Bihar would have seven districts to have the gas network system. The Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) is carrying out the city gas distribution work in Patna and is expected to deliver its services to residents from October-November this year.
"The selected firms will have to lay city gas pipeline and provide piped natural gas to consumers and set up CNG refilling stations," a GAIL official told The Telegraph.
GAIL will supply gas to the identified places through the main line being laid in Bihar.
Of the total 490km main pipeline that has to be laid in Bihar, GAIL has laid over 400km of pipeline and work is on to lay the remaining portion. This pipeline will get gas from the Jagdishpur-Haldia pipeline. The project entails laying 2,655km of gas pipeline that would touch Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Bengal and Odisha.
Asked about the likely time that the selected firms would take in setting up the necessary infrastructure for supplying gas to households and setting up CNG stations, the GAIL official said though a timeline of eight years has been discussed but partial services could be launched much earlier.
"In the first year, the selected firms would start laying the city pipelines and from the second i.e. from October 2019, one could expect commencement of delivery of services in a phased manner," he added.
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