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The News Minute| September 8, 2014| 10.00 am IST The enquiry conducted by the government into the Nagaram GAIL pipeline blast in June has revealed that the company had not installed adequate safety measures.  The company had committed to the Chief Controller of Explosives (CCOE) in an application submitted on 24 July 2001 that it will install a gas dehydration unit at the pipeline at Tatipaka. The gas dehydration unit would have removed the water content from natural gas and thus prevented pipeline corrosion and gas leakage thereafter. The installment of such a unit was mandatory as per the Manufacture, Storage & Transportation of Hazardous Chemical Rules of 1989. “GAIL has apparently flouted the declaration to the statutory authority as well as the declared design basis by not providing GDU at Tatipaka and Mori. Absence of GDU contributed to increasing the internal corrosion rate in the pipeline,” says the government enquiry, reports the Indian Express. (GAIL chairman has reacted to the newspaper) The report says that it was due to a leak in the pipeline caused by corrosion that the whole line burst. Leaks were a regular affair in the pipeline section near Tatipaka. There were seven leaks in the last two years, says the Indian Express.  The pipeline burst on 27 June spreading over a radius of 50 metres killing 22 and injuring 38 people.

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