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India’s Biggest Gas Utility Is Opening Up Its Pipeline Network

  • GAIL allows online booking of pipeline capacity via website
  • India’s PNGRB expects gas hub to be operational by December

India’s largest natural gas pipeline operator has invited users to book surplus network capacity online as the country prepares to create a distribution hub that sets benchmark prices.

State-run GAIL India Ltd., which controls 70 percent of the nation’s network, on Monday launched a website for online bookings of pipeline capacity to ship gas across the country. GAIL, with 11,400 kilometers (7,084 miles) pipelines, is investing 250 billion rupees ($3.6 billion) to add another 5,000 kilometers, Chairman Bhuwan Chandra Tripathi said.