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GAIL Wins 15th CIDC Vishwakarma Award for Barauni – Guwahati Pipeline

GAIL (India) Limited has been honored with the prestigious 15th CIDC Vishwakarma Award in the ‘Achievement Award for Best Construction Projects’ category for its remarkable accomplishment in the Barauni – Guwahati Natural Gas Pipeline project (BGPL). The project, an integral component of the Jagdishpur – Haldia & Bokaro – Dhamra Pipeline project, marks a significant milestone by connecting North-East India to the National Gas Grid for the first time.

Project Overview

The Barauni – Guwahati Natural Gas Pipeline project spans 718 km and serves as a pivotal conduit for delivering environmentally friendly natural gas to the entire North-East region through the Indradhanush Gas Grid Limited (IGGL). Notably, the project caters to prominent customers such as IOCL refineries at Guwahati and Bongaigaon, as well as nine Geographical Areas for City Gas Distribution across Bihar, West Bengal, and Assam.

Engineering Feats

The project encountered various challenges, including traversing the formidable Brahmaputra river and negotiating tough terrain with unstable sub-soil strata. However, the GAIL team demonstrated exceptional prowess in overcoming these obstacles. Key engineering achievements include the groundbreaking 3.6 km HDD crossing of the Brahmaputra River, the longest at the time, and the pioneering use of micro-tunnelling techniques for four major river crossings.

GAIL’s Contribution

As a leading gas pipeline operator, GAIL has played a pivotal role in enhancing the Natural Gas pipeline infrastructure and market development. With an extensive network spanning over 16,000 km across 20 states and 3 union territories, GAIL continues to drive growth and development in the Indian natural gas sector.

CIDC Vishwakarma Awards

The CIDC Vishwakarma Awards, inspired by the ethos of construction excellence embodied by Lord Vishwakarma, celebrate and incentivize individuals and organizations to elevate their performance and make significant contributions to the Indian construction industry’s growth and development.

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