GAIL Current Affairs

CCEA approves Capital Grant to GAIL to develop Gas Infrastructure in Eastern part of the country

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved capital grant of Rs. 5,176 crore for development Gas Infrastructure in Eastern part of the country.

The grant in the form of viability gap funding (partial capital grant) at 40% will be used for the 2539 km long Jagdishpur-Haidia and Bokaro-Dhamra Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL) project.

Key Facts

  • JHBDPL project will connect Eastern part of the country i.e. States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal with National Gas Grid.
  • It will ensure the availability of clean and eco-friendly fuel i.e. Natural Gas to the industrial, commercial, domestic and transport sectors.
  • The Capital Grant will encourage the supply of eco-friendly fuel at affordable tariffs to industries. Thus, it will encourage industrial development in these states.

City Gas Distribution (CGD) networks

  • Further, the CCEA also has approved the simultaneous development of City Gas Distribution (CGD) networks in cities en-route of JHBDPL project.
  • These cities are Varanasi, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata.
  • These distribution networks will be developed by GAIL in collaboration with concerned State Governments.
  • They will provide clean cooking fuel at the door step of Domestic households as well as provide clean fuel to transport sector in the eastern region.
  • These CGD networks will be directly benefit about 1.25 crore population living in these cities.
  • Besides, all these projects will generate direct as well as indirect employment for about 21,000 people. It will also boost socio-economic development in eastern part of country.

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GAIL launches Bhuvan-GAIL Portal for satellite monitoring of pipelines

State-run energy major GAIL (India) Limited has launched geo-portal called ‘Bhuvan-GAIL Portal’ system for utilising space technology for its pipeline monitoring to address pipeline safety concerns.

The project has been developed in collaboration with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), a unit of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Key facts

  • The new system integrated with the Bhuvan-GAIL portal would begin live satellite monitoring of its pipeline’s Right of Use (RoU) from January 2016.
  • It can send alerts to relevant executives through SMS and e-mail regarding the changes noted along the RoU as well as the arrival of any new satellite photos.
  • The system has satellite-sensing technology, high-resolution satellites object-oriented image analysis and other advance space technology for pipeline monitoring applications.
  • GAIL also has developed an innovative mobile application from which pictures taken from any mobile phone can be uploaded instantly on the portal.
  • GAIL’s R&D pilot project in this regard was implemented on the 610-km-long Dahej-Vijaipur pipeline.

Apart from this system GAIL is also seeking alternative methods such as advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) which can be integrated with this system. Presently, GAIL is monthly monitoring its more than 13,000 km of pipeline network via Helicopter surveys.

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