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INTERNATIONAL: Indian JV to build Middle East to India deepwater gas pipeline

JAKARTA (Rambu Energy) – South Asia Gas Enterprise Pvt Ltd (SAGE), an Indian joint venture, will build deepwater transnational gas pipeline called Middle-East to India Deepwater Pipeline (MEIDP) to import gas from Iran and Oman to India. The company is now preparing the front end engineering and design (FEED).

Project Smart Explorer reported that India is running short of gas supply as a result of its booming economic growth.

The deepwater pipeline will start from two hubs, namely Chabahar on the southern coast of Iran and Ras Al-Jafan on the northeastern coast of Oman. The two gas pipelines from the two hubs will be merged in the subsea deepwater of the Oman Gulf, before crossing the Arabia Sea and up to Porbandar in the South Gujarat State in India.

The deepwater pipeline will be stretched for a 1,300 kilometers from Middle East rich gas fields to India through the Arabian Sea. SAGE is eyeing on importing natural gas from Omani hub as well as the Iran hub.

The biggest challenge for project will be to lay down subsea in ultra deepwater of 3,450 meters depth.The pipeline would be designed to deliver 1.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. SAGE pipeline plans to transport 8 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of natural gas over 20 years from the Gulf region to a deepsea route.

The deepwater pipeline project has been studied since 1990s, the project has been slow. However, the European partners involved in the project enabled SAGE to speed up the project.

SAGE plans to start the FEED in 2015 and targets the MEIDP-1 by 2022 and MEIDP-2 by 2026. It set capital expenditure of US$4 billion to develop the deepwater pipeline project.

SAGE is joint-venture between the New Delhi based Siddho Mal Group with a UK-based Deepwater Technology Company. The JV firm is working with a Global Consortium to create a Multi Billion Dollar “Energy Corridor” that can transport gas from the Middle East to India, bypassing the land route through Pakistan. (*)

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