Bhubaneswar, Dec 5 (LocalWire): Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday said around Rs 4500 crore would be invested to construct 1700 km of pipeline network in Odisha in the first phase.
Inaugurating the 19th National Conference on Corrosion Control here, Pradhan said: “A strategic oil reserve project will also be launched in Chandikhol after acquiring land there.”
“The Centre is promoting gas-based economy, which requires a massive network of pipelines for transportation of natural gas to various corners of the country. In the first phase Rs 70,000 crore will be invested for this purpose,” said the BJP minister.
The commercial production of polypropylene from Paradip refinery would commence from December, he announced.
India is planning to expand gas pipeline network to Myanmar through Bangladesh. Under this program pipelines are proposed to be constructed between Dhamra to Bangladesh and Siliguri to Bangladesh to export LNG gas according to the requirement of the neighbouring nation.
South Eastern Region Pipelines (SERPL) is presently operating cross-country pipelines network of crude oil and refined products as well as LPG of 1570 km length with 19.35 MMTPA capacity.
Under this region, India Oil is having the biggest and largest crude oil handling facility at Paradip with 3 Single Point Mooring systems having 37 MMTPA capacity installed in deep sea at a distance of 21 km off the coast.
This is feeding to country’s four most important refineries- Paradip, Haladia, Barauni and Bangaigaon.
As future expansion plans under SERPL, laying works of Paradip-Hyderabad pipeline of 1212 km with capacity of 4.5 MMTPA is in progress.
Pre-construction works for 360 k lmong Paradip-Dhamra-Haladia LNG pipeline and 345 km long Paradip-Somanathpur-Haladia pipeline are also under progress, said Pradhan.