India six times behind Pakistan in gas pipeline network: Assocham

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New Delhi, Oct 10 (UNI) Pakistan is nearly six times ahead of India in terms of gas pipeline network as its pipeline network stands around 56,400 km, against 10,500 km that of India, an industry chamber said today.

A Paper brought out by Assocham on ''Gas Sector -- A Comparison between India &Pakistan,'' said as a result of intensive pipeline network Pakistan has connected its 1,050 towns and villages through gas connectivity, while in India, its connectivity is only restricted to 20 cities.

Pakistan's current pipeline density measuring at 1,044 km/mmscmd per day, compared to 116 km/mmscmd (million metric standard cubic meter per day) of India, it said.

Pakistan has created a 31,000 km of distribution network to serve its domestic and commercial consumers in large locations as against 11,000 km of distribution network that have so far been created in India to serve the requirement of its consumers in limited pockets.

Interestingly, while Pakistan has its possession nearly 1,600 CNG stations, in India their number is just at 380 and the gas throughput in Pakistan is 38 mmscmd per day, as against 8.5 mmscmd in India.

The number of gas customers in Pakistan is estimated at 19 lakh which in case of India is just 5.50 lakh and Pakistan runs vehicles on CNG whose number is estimated at 15.60 lakh while in India, their number is just 4.60 lakh.

In economies of scale like France, the US, the UK and Germany, their gas pipeline network in kilometre is respectively measured at 1,55,943, 18,341,138, 2,65,155 and 2,30,448 with their respective pipeline density of (km/mmscmd) 1,405 km, 1,086, 1,016 and 1,015.

In country like Italy and Spain, their gas pipeline length and network is measured at 1,71,699 km and 16,295 km with respective pipeline density of 975 and 319 km/mmscmd per day.

Commenting on the paper, Assocham President Venugopal N Dhoot said the gas availability in Pakistan is undoubtedly quite large as compared to India but given the imports of gas and even its domestic availability in India, its pipeline network is extremely poorer and the main reason attributed for the low and limited pipeline network in India is because this sector has been thoroughly regulated which has now been opened for competition.

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