IOC not decided on bidding strategy for city gas distribution licence in Kolkata; open to JVs, partnerships

Kolkata: Indian Oil Corporation said on Monday it has not decided on the strategy for bidding under the 10th city gas distribution licence but options are open for joint ventures and partnerships in other cities of West Bengal.

All options remain open. There has been no decision in this regard as of now, not even pre-bid meeting has taken place, IOC CGM (LPG) Abhijit Dey said when asked about whether the oil refiner-cum-retailer will go solo or through partners for the bidding process in February 2019.

"It may happen we may go solo, partner with another entity including GAIL," he said. GAIL has an existing partnership with Greater Calcutta Gas Supply Corporation for city gas which already has a piped gas infrastructure in the metropolitan area and some portions of adjoining districts of Kolkata.

The next round of bidding will happen for key cities of Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, North and South 24 Parganas Darjeeling, North and South Dinajpur and a few others.

Representational image. Reuters.

Representational image. Reuters.

However, the bidding will not intervene in the area which is already under Greater Calcutta Gas Supply Corporation.

So, hypothetically, a 3-way JV could be possible with Gail being the gas supplier, GCGSC bringing the piped gas infrastructure and IOC bringing additional infrastructure and capital to offer seamless CNG stations for automotive and piped gas distribution in the city.

Officials said that in February 2019 the picture will be clear on the exact nature of the strategy.

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Updated Date: Nov 20, 2018 09:34:58 IST

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