Bengal, Feb 3: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil about Rs 4,700-crore projects in poll-bound West Bengal on Sunday, including the Dobhi-Durgapur natural gas pipeline.
The 347km pipeline from Dobhi (in Gaya, Bihar) to Durgapur will revive HURL Sindri (Jharkhand) fertilizer plant, supply gas to Matix fertilizer plant at Durgapur and will supply gas to industrial, commercial and automobile sectors and city gas distribution across all major towns in these states, including the cities of Purulia, Asansol, and Durgapur of West Bengal.
This pipeline is part of the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga projects in Bengal.
“Conducted an oil industry meet at Haldia ahead of PM Narendra Modi Ji’s visit where he will dedicate to the nation oil, gas & road projects worth Rs 4,742 crore,” Union petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan said. Modi will inaugurate the project virtually from Haldia.
Pradhan said the Prime Minister will visit Haldia on February 7 to dedicate several infrastructure projects in the oil and gas sector.
He will also dedicate an LPG import terminal at Haldia, built by Bharat Petroleum at Rs 1,100 crore, to meet the demand for cooking fuel of the region.
He will also lay the foundation stone for the second catalytic dewaxing unit of IOC at Haldia refinery and a road- overbridge at Ranichak.
This has been built at the cost of Rs 190 crore.
After the launch of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna (PMUY), LPG penetration has witnessed phenomenal growth in the entire country. West Bengal, along with other eastern states has also witnessed similar growth in LPG consumption. LPG penetration in West Bengal, which was only 41.4 percent in April 2014 has increased to 99.5 percent as of date, the release said.
He will also lay the foundation stone for the second catalytic dewaxing unit of IOC at the Haldia refinery and a road- overbridge (ROB) at Ranichak. This has been built at the cost of Rs 190 crore.
The commissioning of this flyover will result in uninterrupted to and fro traffic from Kolaghat to Haldia Dock Complex and other surrounding areas. There will be a substantial saving in travel time and operating cost of heavy vehicles plying in and out of the port.
Haldia dock complex is the main gateway for import and export of cargo destined/originating from Eastern and North-Eastern parts of the country as well as land-locked countries like Nepal and Bhutan.
The second catalytic dewaxing unit at the refinery with a capacity of 270 TMTPA is estimated to cost Rs 1019 crores and will produce advanced Group III Lubes Oil Base Stock (LOBS), which will be the first of it’s a kind installation in India.
Once commissioned, this will lead to import-substitution in the spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat. Currently, around 70% of the LOBS requirement is being met through imports. With the commissioning of CIDW at Haldia Refinery, LOBS Production of the country will be enhanced and LOBS import dependency will reduce by around 8%. This project is expected to result in a saving of foreign exchange to the tune of $185 million.