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Wednesday , July 28 , 2010
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Consortium to set up energy & oil hub

Bhubaneswar, July 27: An energy and oil city hub will come up near Sonepur in Ganjam district, the home district of chief minister Naveen Patnaik.

A consortium of companies, led by Greenko Group, has proposed to set up the hub at an estimated cost of Rs 5,000 crore.

The company made a presentation before the chief minister yesterday at the state secretariat.

The hub would concentrate mainly on core area development like creating marine facilities which includes port, dry docks for building and repairing vessels (rigs, and ships), gas-based power plant for captive use, strategic oil storage, petrochemical complex, oil recycling, desalination plant and a township for 10,000 people.

Official sources said surveying the land for the project has already been completed. The legal and statutory requirements have been submitted to the appropriate authority for clearance.

The consortium has set up a company called Sonepur Energy and Oil City Private Limited (SEOCP) for the same purpose.

“The hub would also be able attract an additional investment of Rs 10,000 crore by industry players,” said director of SEOCP Sunil Kumar Chalamalasetty after meeting the chief minister.

“We are examining the proposal seriously,” said secretary, industries Saurbha Garg.

Other senior officials pointed out that keeping the massive industrialisation taking place in the city, the government would certainly go ahead with the proposal.

All other investments have come up in the Cuttack, Jajpur Keonjhar and Sundergarh.

“As this proposal has come for Naveen’s home district, the government, there is little doubt over the project. I believe that the state government would certainly go ahead with the project,” a senior government official told The Telegraph on condition of anonymity.

As per the proposal, the company would invest Rs 150 crore for land acquisition and connectivity, Rs 100 crore for energy academy, Rs 2,700 crore for power plant, Rs 1,000 crore for creating marine facilit. While Rs 400 crore would be invested for desalination plant and another Rs 500 crore would be towards township and office complex.

An oil and energy academy would also come up in the hub with an investment of Rs 300 crore. The academy would provide knowledge and skills in both upstream and downstream sectors of oil and gas industry, facilities to train technical personnel in collaboration with major international oilfield companies.

“Trained engineers, geologists, geophysicists, drilling engineers and other technical personnel based on international industry standards would be roped in for the academy,” Chalamalasetty told mediapersons.

Sources said an MoU would be signed with the Berhampur University for academy training.

The proposed hub would create huge employment opportunities. As many as two lakh people can be benefitted from this project. Sources also said that it would be a state-of-the-art facility.

Officials pointed out that oil and gas-based industries, which have shown interest in the hub are Alph Tech International Inc., Downstream Services, USA, Richemen Petroleum-Export Oriented Refinery, Dubai, SBM Offshore –FPSO Services, USA, ULO Systems LIC, Subsea Pipelines, Switerzerland and Dubai, Hyundai Offshore, South Korea.

The non-oil and gas-based industries which has evinced interest in the hub are Seacor Marine Inc, USA, Faros Investment Partners, UP, Wind Turbines and Blades, Aerostar, USA, Matrix Global LIC, USA and Virtue Group, USA.

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