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India commits to liberalising pipeline network

The Indian government is looking to break state-owned Gail's hold over the country's pipeline network and increase third-party access The Indian government is looking to break state-owned Gail's hold over the country's pipeline network and increase third-party access.
By Damon Evans 15 August 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation 0 34482
The Hazira LNG terminal in Gujarat. (Hazira LNG and Port)

The key issue: India’s government is evaluating plans to unbundle Gail’s gas marketing and pipeline business into separate entities as part of reforms designed to boost the use of gas in the country.

Interfax analysis: Gail owns more than two-thirds of India’s 16,234-km gas pipeline network, giving it a firm grip on the market. Breaking the state-owned company’s hold would enable more competition and third-party access to gas infrastructure, and will be crucial for India’s plans to establish a trading hub and introduce market-based gas pricing.

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