About Indradhanush Gas Grid Limited
Indradhanush Gas Grid Limited (IGGL) is a Joint Venture of IOCL, ONGC, GAIL, OIL and NRL. IGGL was incorporated on the 10th of August 2018, towards implementing the Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 for North-East India released by Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas in 2016. Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 envisages North-East India economic development by leveraging the region’s Hydrocarbon potential, enhancing access to clean fuel and accelerating the growth of entire North East India.
The Gas Grid Project
As per the plan on the Vision Document, The Gas Grid Project connects eight North-Eastern States,; Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, to the National Gas Grid through Barauni-Guwahati Gas Pipeline. From Guwahati, the pipeline extends to Numaligarh, Dimapur, Kohima and Imphal in one direction; Shillong, Silchar, Aizawl and Agartala in the second direction and to Itanagar in the third direction. Gangtok gets connected to Siliguri from the gas pipeline coming from Barauni to Guwahati.
The natural gas grid in North east is planned to connect with upcoming Barauni-Guwahati natural gas pipeline as a part of Urja-Ganga scheme. The grid would also connect to sustainable and viable gas sources in North-east.
Hydrocarbon Vision 2030
In March 2016, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG), Government of India, had constituted a committee to prepare a vision document namely Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 for Northeast India. The committee was formed under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary, MoPNG, and also had representation from Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Oil India Ltd (OIL), Directorate General of Hydrocarbon (DGH), GAIL India Ltd (GAIL), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL), Petroleum Planning & Analysis Cell (PPAC), Oil Industry Development Board (OIDB) and Engineers India Ltd (EIL).
The Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 for North-East India (Vision Document) was released by Hon’ble Minister of State for P&NG on 9.2.2016. The Vision Document inter-alia comprehensively examines the gaps in Natural Gas infrastructure and proposes detailed plans for both Natural Gas infrastructure as well as gas market development in the North East.