History created in 42″ x 506km
Punj Lloyd built the critical Dahej-Vijaipur Gas Pipeline for GAIL in just 270 days battling difficult terrain and torrential rains. It was therefore quite natural that this project won the Essar Steel Infrastructure Excellence Award in the Oil & Gas category.
The ‘Essar Steel Infrastructure Excellence Awards’ have been instituted with the objective of encouraging the infrastructure industry and recognising its triumphs against all odds. ‘Infrastructure’ implies the different sectors that fall under this umbrella term like roads & highways, seaports, airports, oil & gas, power & energy, etc.
Hence, it is only pertinent that while honouring the industry as a whole, the achievements in each of these individual sectors should also be celebrated. In this issue, we talk about Punj Lloyd’s Dahej-Vijaipur Gas Pipeline, which won the Essar Steel Infrastructure Excellence Award in the Oil & Gas Sector.
Despite its volatile nature, the oil and gas sector plays a significant role in the nation’s economic development. In the times to come, the significance of this industry is only bound to grow. According to industry estimates, the natural gas segment is likely to double its production capacity in the next six to eight months.
However, the existing pipeline infrastructure in the country is less than adequate to handle the expansion. This translates into huge opportunities for infra builders. RS Pandey, oil secretary, Government of India, has already propounded the idea of creating ‘a national gas highways network’ to address the critical issue of transport gas across the country.
The idea has already been well received and is likely see progress in terms of actual implementation. In this light, projects like the Dahej-Vijaipur Gas Pipeline underline our industry’s capabilities. Of course, it is equally important to support the industry in every possible. And this is exactly where a company like Essar Steel comes into the picture.
The DVPL project can be termed nothing short of a historic feat given the challenges of time and weather faced during the execution of the project. A team of men from 11 countries and machines from nine countries was mobilised to create this infrastructural wonder measuring a whopping 506 km in length and 42 inches in diameter. The task was accomplished in 270 days; this included 120 days of torrential rains. A major challenges involved 150km of welding even during an extended monsoon.
Equipped for excellence
In all, 162 categories of 4,100 equipment including 155 excavators, 109 side booms, 300 trailers, two trenchers, automatic welding and ultrasonic testing machines were organised and commissioned in less than 40 days for the DVPL project. This logistical miracle was definitely one of the reasons why the project bagged the award. It was also the first time in India that automatic welding and ultrasonic testing were done on an onshore pipeline.