NEW DELHI, May 30 � After suffering time and cost overruns, the Assam Gas Cracker Project is finally back on tracks and the joint venture project is scheduled to be commissioned in July, 2013. The project was earlier scheduled to be completed in December, 2013.
According to the revised schedule drawn up last year, the joint venture project was scheduled for mechanical completion by July, 2013 and commissioning by December, 2013. Allaying apprehension of further delays, chairman-cum-managing director of Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) BC Tripathi said the mechanical work on the project is scheduled for completion in 2012, while the project is expected to be commissioned in July, 2013.
The project was conceptualised in 2005 and actual work started in 2007. Christened Brahmaputra Crackers and Polymers Limited, the project was behind scheduled and missed the targets set during the last two years.�At least 72 per cent of the project work has been completed, the CMD said, adding that because the size of the project was small, it took some time to organise the support. All major support has since been organised. All civil works, erection, supply of equipment and major contracts have been awarded, he added.
At least 5,000 to 7,000 workers are currently at the project site but because of the onset of monsoon, project work may slow down, he said.