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In a first in eastern India, IOC delivers LPG through pipeline

The PHDPL is IOC's second LPG pipeline after the Panipat-Jalandhar pipeline and the first in eastern India

Nirmalya Behera  |  Bhubaneswar 

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In a first in eastern India, (IOC) has delivered through its pipeline in Odisha's Balasore district from the company's refinery at Paradip. "The section of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur pipeline (PHDPL) is streamlined for delivery of to IOCL bottling plant at Balasore. This is the first off take of from through the pipeline," said P C Choubey, executive director (pipelines division), IOCL. The is IOC's second pipeline after the Panipat-Jalandhar pipeline and the first in eastern India. traverses the coastal belt of Odisha from Paradip to Balasore and further to Haldia. The oil marketing major is set to complete the proposed pipeline by March 2018 at a cost of Rs 913 crore. With a total estimated length of about 678 km, PHDPL's originating pump station is located at Paradip, with Balasore serving as the scrapper and delivery station. With a capacity of 0.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), the pipeline will transport from Paradip, the Haldia refinery and Indian Oil Petronas Pvt Ltd, Haldia, to the bottling plants at Balasore, Budge Budge, Kalyani, and Durgapur. Sources said that earlier, delivery at Balasore was done through bullets.

The 157-km section from the to Balasore was built at a cost of about Rs 250 crore. IOC's 15-mtpa capacity refinery at Paradip is spread over an area of 3,345 acres with an estimated cost of Rs 34,555 crore. The refinery can process 100 per cent high-sulphur and heavy crude oil to produce various petroleum products, including petrol and diesel of BS-IV quality, kerosene, aviation turbine fuel, propylene, sulphur, and petroleum coke. It is also designed to produce Euro-V premium quality motor spirit and other green auto fuel variants for export. The demand for connections in India is set to rise from 18 million tonnes to 25 million tonnes by 2022-23 and is seen growing at a rate of 11-12 per cent annually. About 50 per cent of India's requirement is being imported to meet the demand. "To cater to this, has drawn up plans on infrastructure development and improving logistics for movement of In view of this, the commissioning of the section of the PHD pipeline is a major milestone and would give a fillip to the overall demand in eastern India and also to the energy sector, as a whole, in the country," sources said.

First Published: Sat, October 28 2017. 15:21 IST