The Kochi - Mangaluru Natural Gas Pipeline is a major milestone in the One Nation One Gas Grid scheme that was launched with CDG almost two years back. The Kochi - Mangaluru Natural Gas Pipeline is an engineering marvel. It was a tough one to built and showcases Indian engineering at its best. The pipeline had encountered water bodies at around 100 different locations increasing the severity of the task further. The pipeline was built using Horizontal Directional Drilling method. In this method, a tunnel is drilled horizontally in a particular area and a pipe or a cylindrical vessel is pulled into it from the other end. The operation requires precision as well as quality sets. The successful completion of the project showcases that the country has talent indeed.
The Kochi - Mangaluru Natural Gas Pipeline is around 450 km long. The credits of this project go to GAIL (India) Ltd. Once operational this pipeline will have a transportation capacity of 12 Million Metric Standard Cubic Metres every day! It will be equipped to carry the natural gas from the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Regasification Terminal located at Kochi in Kerala to Mangaluru in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka state. It will pass through 7 major districts like Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts. The project has incurred as the total cost of Rs. 3000 crore. It took 12 lakh man-days to build this pipeline.
The pipeline is an environmentally friendly initiative. It will be supplying fuel in the form of Piped Natural Gas (PNG) to domestic purposes like households and it will be supplying Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to the transportation sectors at affordable rates, good quality and less risk. To the commercial and industrial units across these 7 districts, it will also supply Natural Gas.