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Oil pipe link to Hyderabad

- Indian Oil plans multipurpose channel to transport petroleum

Paradip, Dec. 12: Indian Oil Corporation Limited has drawn up a plan to lay a multipurpose pipeline from Paradip to Hyderabad for underground transportation of crude oil to the country’s southern parts.

The preliminary survey for the Paradip-Hyderabad pipeline project has got under way. Details of the project were being worked out, said an official of Indian Oil Corporation Limited.

The public sector unit has prepared a blueprint to put to use an estimated Rs 2,700 crore in a couple of other multi-purpose pipeline projects originating from Paradip.

“The company has decided to spread a 1,065-km-long Paradip-Raipur-Ranchi oil pipeline worth Rs 1,793 crore while the estimated project cost for the 710-km Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur LPG pipeline will be around Rs 913 crore,” said Indian Oil’s executive director of eastern region (pipelines) H.S. Pati.

Indian Oil has decided to vastly expand its pipeline network across the country. Plans were afoot to lay 10,000km pipeline in coming years, said Pati.

“Indian Oil, which has one single-point mooring system, has planned to set up two more such systems in Paradip with an estimated cost of Rs 1,493 crore to meet the enhanced crude oil requirement of Haldia, Barauni and Bongaigaon refineries as well as that of the upcoming Paradip refinery,” said the executive director.

The new single-point mooring systems are scheduled to be commissioned during the current fiscal.

Indian Oil had also drawn up a plan to set up pump stations in Balasore at an estimated cost of Rs 586 crore to augment the capacity of pumping from 11 million metric tonnes per annum to 15.2 million metric tonnes per annum, he added.

Before the commissioning of the Paradip pipeline, crude oil unloading for Haldia and Barauni refineries was taking place at Haldia port. However, reduced berthing facilities there led Indian Oil to shift its base to Paradip.

With the restricted draft of Haldia port, only small vessels could be berthed there. Indian Oil shifted the crude oil unloading facility to Paradip to take advantages of crude oil unloading through single-point mooring system where very large crude carriers could be berthed, said an official of Indian Oil.

The crude oil unloading system in Paradip was commissioned during 2008 with a tank storage facility of imported crude oil. The cross-country pipeline of 30-inch diameter is in operation covering 328km from Paradip to Haldia for underground transportation of crude oil to Haldia. From the Haldia pipeline project, pipeline connectivity exists to Haldia, Barauni and Bongaigaon refineries.