The pipe-laying activity commenced at Bevta in the Banaskantha district, about 200km from the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat. The company noted that almost 80% of the contracts to construct the pipeline have been awarded to Indian companies.

At peak production the Mangala, Bhagyam, and Aishwariya fields will aim to produce 175,000 barrels of oil per day and boost India’s domestic crude production by approximately 25%.

The oil field development work at Cairn India’s discovery in Rajasthan is reportedly proceeding on schedule. The integrated upstream and pipe line development is on course to produce first oil from Mangala in the second half of 2009.

The routing of the insulated and heated oil pipeline and gas pipeline is designed to access an extensive existing pipeline infrastructure and refinery network, with a final coastal delivery point providing access to the majority of India’s refining capacity.

The 600km, 24-inch diameter insulated pipeline for exporting of heated crude oil, will run from Barmer in Rajasthan to a coastal location in Gujarat. It will have an eight-inch diameter gas line running most of its length, starting from the Raageshwari gas field in the Rajasthan Block.

A minimum of 32 intermediate power feeding and heating stations will be built along the length of the pipeline. These stations will help in maintaining the required temperature within the pipeline.