Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) on 25 April 2016 got green nod for its 694-crore rupees project at Haldia Dock Complex in West Bengal. This is the project of developing LPG import terminal as well as storage, bottling and bulk distribution facilities.
The proposed project aims to boost supply and help achieve the government’s target of making LPG available to each household by 2018.
The domestic production of LPG is around 12.38 million metric tonne per annum (mmtpa) which is much lower than the estimated demand of 18.65 mmtpa in 2016.
Union Environment Ministry has given environmental clearance and Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance to the BPCL’s project in West Bengal based on the recommendations of the Expert Appraisal Committee (industry).
The green nod is subject to certain specific and general conditions:
• The proposed project will ensure LPG supplies to far-flung areas of eastern and north-eastern regions and will create an infrastructure to import the eco-friendly LPG fuel.
• As per the proposal, Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) will set up an import terminal at Haldia to import 1 mmtpa of refrigerated Propane and Butane and transfer it through 7.5-kilometer long twin transfer pipeline for LPG production, despatch of bulk LPG via road tankers and bottling of LPG in cylinders.
• The proposal also includes setting up of a bottling plant comprising two LPG-mounded bullet storage facility of 350 tonnes capacity each, besides loading facilities, allied machineries, loading gantries for bulk tanker and filled cylinder despatch through road within the land allotted.
• The estimated cost of the proposed project is 694 crore rupees, which is to be completed in a year from the date of award of the environment clearance.
It is one of India’s four major integrated petroleum refining and marketing companies, produces a diverse range of products from petrochemicals and solvents to aircraft fuel and specialty lubricants.
The company markets its products through its wide network of petrol stations, kerosene dealers, LPG distributors, besides supplying fuel directly to hundreds of industries, and several international and domestic airlines.
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When: 25 April 2016