An oil pipeline in India believed to be the world’s longest continuously heated and insulated pipeline is to switch to solar energy.
Covering around 705 kilometres, Cairn Oil & Gas’ Mangala pipeline runs from the oil fields of Rajasthan to refineries in Gujarat, with the pipeline claimed to be a “technology marvel”.
The pipeline will be fully operated by solar power, supporting the Indian oil and gas exploration and production company’s ambition to achieve net zero carbon by 2050.
So far, Cairn has installed a total of 13 above ground installations (AGIs) with solar rooftops capacity of 15kW that is helping reduce around 270 tons of carbon emissions per year.
It further plans to install solar on 10 AGIs annually, expected to achieve a total greenhouse gas reduction of around 770 tons annually.
Prachur Sah, Deputy CEO Cairn Oil & Gas said: “The Mangala pipeline has been a great asset for Cairn Oil & Gas. Its unique technology has allowed the transportation of waxy crude from our Rajasthan fields to refineries in Gujarat. Mangala pipeline has been a testimony to our industry leading practices and now, its conversion to solar power is pioneering yet 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 the backbone of sustaining our ambitions.”