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Pradhan’s infra push to deepen LPG connections

Leading Analytical magazine Bhubaneswar Odisha

Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan is placing huge bets on pipeline network and other associated infrastructure to deepen LPG connections in households of the eastern region in general and Odisha in particular.

The minister recently inaugurated three projects of Balasore Pump Station and associated facilities of Paradip-Haldia-Barauni Crude Oil Pipeline (PHBPL) Augmentation Project, Paradip-Balasore section of Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur LPG Pipeline (PHDPL) and second carousel of LPG Bottling Plant at Balasore, at a public function organised at Balasore Pump Station of PHBPL.

“Capacity augmentation of the pipelines has enabled crude oil to be transported to the five eastern and north-eastern refineries of India. The projects inaugurated, besides providing energy supply in different part of the country, will also benefit the people of Balasore and Odisha. The development of Odisha, for that matter the eastern and north eastern regions can be kick-started with the addition of such infrastructure. The exodus of youth outside the state in search of jobs can be prevented”, Pradhan said.

The LPG pipeline originating from the refinery at the port town of Paradip caters the demands of not only Odisha but also of Jharkhand, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. It will also help in taking LPG to Nepal, he added. The LPG connections in Odisha have gone up from 20 per cent to 62 per cent since 2014. Another 400 LPG distributorship is being added to the current 750 distributorships in the state of Odisha, he added.

Citing statistics, Pradhan said, “In Balasore, LPG connection has gone up from 19 per cent to 60 per cent households, Mayurbhanj, 9 per cent to 35 per cent households, Keonjhar, 15 per cent to 45 per cent households and in Bhadrak it has gone up from 15 per cent to 75 per cent households. LPG connection has gone up from 2.8 lakhs in these four districts to 7.10 lakhs in the last four years.”

Additional distributorship is not only adding numbers but also adding to employment numbers. The Bottling Plant and the pipeline will reduce the road congestion by eliminating transportation of LPG by road. The Balasore LPG Bottling Plant, which is the largest in Odisha will help in providing the supply of LPG to the poor section of the society under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Pradhan said. The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is able to reverse the trend of 5 lakh poor housewives succumbing to domestic pollution. He also mentioned about various other ambitious projects being undertaken by Government of India.

P C  Choubey, ED (SERPL), IndianOil said, “It is a proud and privileged moment for IndianOil to dedicate the projects to the nation by Mr. Pradhan in the presence of thousands of beneficiaries at the spot where one can see the images of development in the form of pipeline installation. With the inauguration of Balasore Pump Station, PHBPL is linked with integrated offshore Single Point Mooring (SPM) system having world’s largest subsea Pipeline End Manifold (PLEM) installed in the waters of Paradip Port Trust”.

The PHBPL Pipeline is acting as the energy highway to entire Eastern and North-Eastern region of India supplying crude oil to IndianOil’s five refineries namely Paradip, Haldia, Barauni, Bongaigaon, and Guwahati.

Pradhan also visited the control room of PHBPL, Balasore and interacted with the employees. The facilities at the station were explained to the Minister through a 3D model of the station. Appreciating IndianOil’s contribution Mr. Pradhan commented in the visitor book that “Today I visited this complex and dedicated this project to the nation. I am told this station has many unique characteristics. This is the first LPG Pipeline in Eastern India. I am confident that this station will contribute in a big way to Nation Building Process’’.

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