PNGRB to shortly evaluate technical bids; IOCL, GAIL among bidders

Gurdaspur – Jammu Tawi Gas Pipeline Project

Bivek Mathur
JAMMU, May 25: The process to evaluate the technical bids received from the interested bidders to develop the Gurdaspur-Jammu Tawi Gas Pipeline Project (GJPL) is likely to start shortly.
Md Tanweer Akhter, Joint Advisor (Authorisation), Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), told the Excelsior that a Technical Evaluation Committee comprising officials of PNGRB shall be constituted shortly by the board that will examine the technical bids received from the interested bidders and accordingly issue the authorisation in favour of one of the bidders for development of the 175-Km-long gas pipeline between Gurdaspur in Punjab and Jammu in Jammu and Kashmir.
As per information available with the Excelsior, Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) are among the interested bidders to lay the gas pipeline.
The PNGRB Joint Advisor (Authorisation), Md Tanweer Akhter said the last date for downloading and submitting of the bid documents by bidders interested in laying the pipeline was earlier fixed as May 8, 2023 and the last date for opening of the technical bids was fixed as May 10, 2023, but after receiving the requests from the prospective bidders to give relaxation in time, the PNGRB set May 17 as the last date for downloading and submission of the bid documents while as the last date for opening of the bid documents was set as May 19, 2023.
Now that the technical bids have been opened, they will be examined by a Technical Evaluation Committee of the experts from the PNGRB.
“After the process of examination is over, one of the bidders fulfilling all the requirements shall be given the authorisation for laying of the pipeline between Punjab and Jammu,” Akhter said.
Pertinently, the public consultation process to lay the gas pipeline began on September 29, 2022 in terms of Regulations 5(1) of the PNGRB NGPL Authorization Regulations.
Under the public consultation process, the views/comments of the persons/stakeholders and entities were invited in writing regarding the originating point, terminating point, route along with the indicative map/ minimum capacity and source of the gas for the proposed Gurdaspur-Jammu Natural Gas Pipeline within 30 days of publication of the notice on PNGRB website, on September 29, 2022.
Thereafter, the views/comments received from various entities/stakeholders were webhosted on the website of the PNGRB for information to the public.
An open house discussion with stakeholders who offered views/comments was also held on November 9, 2022, after which the bids from the interested entities for laying of the pipeline were invited.
Followed by this, the bid document downloading and submitting started on January 6, 2023. Later, a pre-bid conference/meeting was held on February 7, 2023 after which IOCL and GAIL separately sought clarification on certain queries which were accordingly addressed by the board to set into motion the bid opening and evaluation process for granting authorisation to lay the pipeline between Punjab’s Gurdaspur and Jammu.