Cairn Oil & Gas, a unit of mining giant Vedanta Ltd, will convert a pipeline that carries crude oil from its prolific oilfields in Rajasthan to Gujarat to solar power by 2025.
To commemorate World Environment Day on June 5, Cairn Oil & Gas will convert the Mangala pipeline to solar. It will install rooftop solar photovoltaic panels at all 36 above-ground installations (AGIs) along the pipeline by 2025, the company said in a statement.
The Mangala Pipeline is the longest continuously heated and insulated pipeline in the world that connects the oil fields of Rajasthan to the refineries of Gujarat, running 705 km.
Discovered in 2004, the Cairn Mangala oilfield in the Barmer district of Rajasthan was the world’s biggest discovery of the year and India’s biggest land discovery in 25 years. The field is also home to the Mangala Pipeline – a technological marvel that was built to make transportation of the waxy crude produced from the prolific oilfield a thriving reality.
Today, this famous pipeline is going solar.
“In line with its decarbonization commitment to reduce the carbon footprint, Cairn is reducing its reliance on dirtier energy sources and setting an important precedent in the industry,” the statement said. “The goal is to shift the entire AGI load to solar power and make the world’s longest continuously heated and insulated hydrocarbon transmission pipeline a greener, more efficient resource.”
Prior to this, electricity for AGI’s operations in the middle location of Gujarat was entirely imported from the state electricity utility and its mainly coal-based power, which comes with a much higher greenhouse gas emission intensity.
The company has already installed a total of 13 AGIs with a solar roof capacity of 15 kilowatts to reduce about 270 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Additionally, the plan is to install solar power on 10 AGIs each year to complete the project by 2025 and achieve a total reduction of 770 tons of carbon emissions per year.
Speaking about the company’s initiative to adopt solar power for its famous pipeline, Prachur Sah, Deputy Managing Director of Cairn Oil & Gas, said, “The Mangala pipeline has been a major asset for Cairn Oil & Gas. Gas. Its unique technology has enabled the transportation of raw waxy gas from our fields in Rajasthan to refineries in Gujarat. »
The Mangala pipeline, he said, was a testament to industry leading practices, and now its conversion to solar power is another first for the oil and gas industry. “We look forward to several more years of successful production from Barmer and the Mangala pipeline will be the backbone as we pursue our ambitions.”
At COP 26 last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India would achieve net zero emissions by 2070.
In line with the country’s ambitious targets, Cairn Oil & Gas is committed to achieving net zero carbon by 2050.
“To do this, the company has created a robust ESG roadmap with a host of diverse initiatives – the first in the country’s oil and gas sector to take this step. In fact, Cairn’s decision to convert its famous Mangala pipeline into an entirely solar-powered pipeline stems from this ESG vision,” the statement added.
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