Rs 4500 cr to be invested for laying 1700 KM gas pipeline in Odisha: Pradhan

Bhubaneswar, Dec 5: Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and

 Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan today said that 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 cr will be invested to spread gas pipeline network across the country, he said

while addressing the 19th National Conference on Corrosion Control organized here.

The Union Minister said Odisha needs a huge infrastructure to store, refine and transport the natural gas to

 industry doorstep from Paradip, Dhamra and Gopalpur.

“Centre is contemplating to promote port based industries in Odisha and also in other coastal states having

natural ports,” he said adding, “Eastern part of India including Odisha needs a high double digit growth rate to

 be at par with Western parts of the country.”

Pradhan said in Odisha approximately Rs 4500 crore would be pumped in to construct 1700 KMs of pipeline

 network in first phase.

A strategic oil reserve project will also be launched in Chandikhol after acquiring land there, he said.

The Union Minister said that 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,” he added.

He announced that the commercial production of polypropylene from Paradip refinery would commence from December.

The Union Minister said South-Eastern Region Pipelines (SERPL) is presently operating cross-country pipelines

network of crude oil and refined products as well as LPG of 1570 KMs length with 19.35 MMTPA capacity.

Under this region, India Oil is having the biggest and largest crude oil handling facility at Paradip with 03

 numbers of 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.

Moreover preconstruction works for 360 KM long Paradip-Dhamra-Haladia LNG pipeline and 345 KM long

ParadipSomanathpur-Haladia pipeline are also under progress, said the Petroleum Minister.

The Union Minister has called upon the participating delegates, Scientists and Engineers to chalk out a roadmap

 for creation of better and advanced infrastructure for energy storage, refining and transportation with the

 utilization of corrosion free metals in future.

The conference aims to analyze various industrial corrosion problems and provide a platform for interaction

 among industrialists, scientists, engineers and professionals to enhance the state of the art knowledge on

 “Corrosion Science and Engineering”.

The three day conference is being organized in Bhubaneswar from 5 to 7 December 2018 jointly by National

 Corrosion Council of India, Karaikudi, SERPL, Central Electrochemical Research Institute and Indian Oil Corporation.

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