In its November 2 order, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) declared the capacity of the East-West gas pipeline of Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure (RGTIL) at 85 million standard cubic meter per day (mmscmd).
One-third of this capacity will be available on common carrier basis - i.e. third parties can rent the capacity for moving their own fuel.
The pipeline transports gas from Reliance Industries' eastern offshore KG-D6 fields from its landfall point at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh to Bharuch in Gujarat. The pipeline has been in operation since April 1, 2009.
This capacity includes system use gas considering average system use gas of 0.3 mmscmd per compressor station.
The 48-inch, 1,396-km East-West pipeline traverses through the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
In future, the pipeline may also ferry gas from the gas discoveries of Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and Gujarat State Petroleum Corp (GSPC) in the neighbouring blocks of KG-D6.
RGTIL was originally a subsidiary of RIL and was incorporated in March, 2003 to transport natural gas from eastern offshore gas fields to consumption centres. Two years later, it was transferred to Mukesh Ambani, chairman of RIL.