Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has reportedly asked Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) to submit details on certain critical environmental issues identified during laying of pipeline for its project in Andhra Pradesh.
It may be noted that the company is laying pipeline for transporting natural gas from Deen Dayal West block in KG Basin in KG-OSN-2001/03.
For processing and supply this gas, the firm plans to set up a terminal at Mallavaram near Kakinada in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh at a cost of at least Rs 2,000 crore.
The firm is expected to complete the gas pipeline laying work by next year. GSPC, last year, awarded the work for OGT at Deen Dayal Field Development project to Engineers India (EIL) and signed a Memorandum of Agreement with it for the purpose.
The project includes laying of 20 underground gas pipelines along with OFC and 10 effluent disposal pipelines passing through CRZ area of Yanam-Puducherry.
The gas evacuation from the terminal will be done using pipeline to East West pipeline (EWPL) of Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure (RGTIL).
The initial gas quantity expected at onshore gas terminal (OGT) is 240 million metre standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD), which is expected to progressively increase to 300 MMSCFD.