AHMEDABAD: Gujarat Gas Limited (GGL) commissioned a new pipeline to supply adequate natural gas to ceramics units in Morbi. The 4.5km pipeline from Gala to Shapar in Morbi is expected to solve the problem of low pressure that ceramics units in the region were facing.
The sudden spurt in demand for natural gas in Morbi had prompted the company to lay an additional pipeline for better distribution of gas to units. Several ceramic tile makers had complained about low pressure at their plants, with more units drawing gas for their use.
With a large number of ceramic tile makers switching to natural gas, following National Green Tribunal (NGT)’s order that ceramics units running on coal-gasifiers be closed, demand for gas in Morbi has increased to between 6 and 6.5 million metric standard cubic metres per day (mmscmd). Demand was around 2.5 to 3 mmscmd before the NGT order.
The gas provider had to cut supply by 20% to each unit for equitable supply to all units, including those that were not operating due to a lack of gas.
“Given the increased demand, the additional pipeline was laid and commissioned in a record time of 18 days,” a company official said.
“With the additional pipeline, pressure and flow has increased substantially. The company will monitor the pressure and flow for couple of days and the 20% cut in supply will be withdrawn after that,” the official added.
The company has also embarked on a project to lay 12-inch diameter pipeline to meet future demand.