Kochi-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline gets inaugurated

The 450 km Kochi-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline, developed by GAIL (India) Limited, was inaugurated by the prime minister on January 5, 2020. The pipeline will benefit industrial and commercial entities and households in the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi in Karnataka. Although the Kochi-Mangaluru pipeline project was launched in 2009, there were delays due to protests and land acquisition issues, which escalated its cost from Rs 29.15 billion to Rs 57.5 billion. The pipeline has a transportation capacity of 12 million metric standard cubic metres per day and will carry natural gas from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal in Kochi to Mangaluru, passing through the Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts.