The work in Kozhikode will commence at Unnikulam and nearby areas in the first phase. The intermediate pigging station of the gas pipeline developed by the Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) at Unnikulam. It will be the base station for the household network and network to CNG bunks.
“The infrastructure development and distribution of CNG to houses will be completed by the Indian Oil-Adani Gas Private Ltd,” said M Viju, deputy general manager of GAIL. “The IP Station functioning at Unnikulam and three sectionalizing valve (SV) stations at Puthur, Kottur and Ayanchery in the district will also function as refilling stations and centres of local area distribution,” he said adding that similar works would be carried out in other districts also.
IP stations and SV stations are part of the GAIL pipeline for the real-time monitoring of the gas supply. The stations have the facilities to check the pressure of piped gas using software. Two weeks ago, a team of experts from the IO-AG visited Unnikulam, Kunnamangalam and other areas as part of planning their work.
IO-AG private limited is entrusted the task of infrastructure development and distribution of piped natural gas to individuals as GAIL cannot give direct supply to household consumers. They are entitled to carry out direct supply only to major customers.
The household distribution will be done after reducing the line pressure of the piped gas in accordance with the regulations of Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board.
The area from Unnikulam to Karanthur will be covered by the IO-AG private limited, said MLA PTA Rahim. “They have assured to start work at the earliest to complete the process before June,” he said.
The plan is to lay distribution line alongside the national highway 766 from Unnikulam to Karanthur.