The gas transmission by Gujarat State Petronet Limited (GSPL) is expected to increase by about a quarter in the next fiscal year, starting April 2021. According to GSPL, it will complete the 930-km pipeline to link Mehsana in Gujarat to Bathinda in Punjab by March 2021. The project is being undertaken at a cost of Rs 55 billion. The initial capacity utilisation of the Mehsana-Bathinda pipeline will be 9-10 mmscmd as per GSPL. However, it will be scaled up with the commissioning of two new gas import terminals in Jaffrabad and Chhara in Gujarat in 2022.
At present, about 80 per cent of the work on the pipeline has been completed. The outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic had affected the construction of the pipeline and delayed the initial completion timeline of December 2020.
GSPL operates about 2,700 km of gas pipelines with capacity of 43 million standard cubic meter per day (mmscmd). During 2019-20, it supplied 40 mmscmd of gas, before the completion of its pipeline in November 2019.