GAIL Gas Limited and Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) signed a share holders agreement (SHA) on 2nd September, 2011, in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy and GAIL Chairman and Managing Director Shri B. C. Tripathi to set up a joint venture Kerala GAIL Gas Limited to pursue city gas distribution opportunities in the state. The SHA was signed by Shri M. Ravindran, CEO, GAIL Gas and Shri Alkesh Kumar Sharma, IAS, MD, KSIDC in Thiruvananthapuram.
GAIL (India) Limited is developing the Natural Gas Infrastructure in Kerala in view of the impending availability of Natural Gas in the state. It is laying the Kochi-Koottanad-Bangalore-Mangalore Pipeline which is passing through the states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. GAIL is working expeditiously to complete the first phase of Pipeline, 50 km. in length, by August 2012 in sync with the completion of PLL Terminal at Kochi. In the second phase 720 km. of Pipeline will be laid which will be completed by March 2013. The cost of laying the above pipelines will be around Rs. 3100 crore. In Kerala, the Pipeline being laid by GAIL will pass through the districts of Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Mallapuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Kayamkulam and Kasargod which will lead to the industrial and economic development of the state.
The Joint Venture company, Kerala GAIL Gas Limited, will be incorporated soon and will have an initial authorized share capital of Rs. 100 crore. GAIL Gas Limited will hold 26 per cent equity in the company while KSIDC will have 24 per cent. The balance 50 per cent equity has been kept for strategic partners, financial institutions (Indian or international) and non-Government companies.
Kerala GAIL Gas Limited plans to take up city gas distribution activities throughout the state by participating in the bidding process of Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB).