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Ready to quick start project execution post lockdown : GAIL

State-run natural gas producer GAIL said it is ready to resume the construction of various hydrocarbon infrastructure projects of national importance, post lifting of the COVID-19 led lockdown. 

In a regulatory filing, GAIL said that in order to kick start the crucial infrastructure projects to enable expansion of the gas based economy, the company along with its subsidiary and JV companies has chalked out catch-up plans for various locations and work fronts to ensure timely completion and avoid any slippages.

Besides natural gas, the state-owned company is also involved in production and supply of liquid hydrocarbons, LPG transmission, petrochemicals and city gas distribution. 

GAIL has shut its petrochemical plant at Pata in Uttar Pradesh, joining the list of various other petchem makers who were forced to shut units following the nationwide lockdown and the resultant demand drop in transportation businesses.

“Graded measures in the short to medium term shall be rolled out starting from April 20, 2020 with the support of local administrative authorities across the States,” the company said. 

The company also said it has facilitated arrangements for continued stay of the migrant labourers working at various sites/camps during the lockdown period for ensuring safety of all concerned.

“In parallel, GAIL has also maintained safe and uninterrupted supplies of LPG to OMCs and Natural Gas to the crucial downstream utilities such as Fertilizer, Power, Refineries and City Gas Distribution,” the statement read. 

The company’s statement also said that GAIL and its employees have contributed close to Rs. 54 crore to the ‘PM CARES FUND’ in addition to Rs. 3.5 crore to various district administrations across the country for procuring PPEs, ventilators, masks and other medical equipment.

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