Thiruvananthapuram: The first phase of project of laying natural gas pipeline from Gas Authority of India`s LNG Terminal in Kochi would be completed in December, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Wednesday.
The state government is planning to constitute a Petroleum Natural Gas Cell to prepare a strategy for maximum utilisation of natural gas for the state`s economic growth, he told the state assembly.
The first phase of laying a 44 km pipeline from Kochi Gas Terminal to nine companies, including Cochin Refineries, FACT plant at Udyogamandal and Amalammukel power plant at Brahmapuram, is fast progressing and is expected to be commissioned in December, he said.
The construction work of LNG Terminal at Kochi has been completed, he said.
The plan to supply natural gas for domestic use through pipe connection to residences is also under consideration.
The second phase of routing natural gas to the NTPC Power plant at Kayamkulam and to Mangalapuram and to Bangalore via Palakkad would be taken up, he said.
The state government would ensure that people whose lands have been acquired or through which the pipeline passes get a good compensation package, he added.