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Govt Gives Nod To Independent Operators Of Gas Pipelines

New Delhi: The federal government proposes to nominate unbiased operators of gasoline pipelines within the nation to operationalise the frequent provider precept that may enable all customers and producers entry to gas transport infrastructure.

Petroleum Secretary Tarun Kapoor informed IANS that the ministry was taking approvals for segregating the present gasoline pipeline infrastructure to establish the portion of infrastructure that might want to help frequent carriers.

“We are getting all the approvals. Certain things have to go to the cabinet within two to three months. We will do it,” Kapoor informed IANS in an interplay.

As per the plan, a transport system operator (TSO) can be put in place to handle the frequent provider a part of the gasoline pipeline infrastructure. The TSO will likely be entrusted with the duty of reserving pipeline capability for transport of gasoline from producers to the customers on fee of payment to be determined by the regulator.

The identification of a typical a part of gasoline pipeline might contain bifurcation of operations of gasoline utility GAIL India into gasoline transportation and advertising and marketing. The gasoline transportation arm might then be put below an unbiased TSO.

The present work within the Petroleum Ministry additionally includes evaluating numerous possession fashions which may be put in place to streamline gasoline transport operations within the nation. Recommendations have additionally come to contain traders in transportation operations of GAIL, making it unbiased of the federal government and PSU oversight.

GAIL is the nation’s greatest pure gasoline advertising and marketing and buying and selling firm and owns greater than two-thirds of the nation’s over 16,000-km lengthy pipeline community, giving it a stranglehold in the marketplace.

Customers of pure gasoline have typically complained about not having access to GAIL’s 11,500-km pipeline community that may help different operations as nicely.

As a part of improvement of a gas-based economic system, the federal government proposes to extend the share of pure gasoline within the nation’s power basket to 15 per cent by 2030, from the present round 6 per cent. Growth and quick access to gasoline infrastructure would play a key function attaining the goal.

(Subhash Narayan/IANS)

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