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Piped Natural Gas supply facility launched in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar, October 20, 2017: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday launched supply of Piped Natural Gas (PNG) for as many as 255 residents of Bhubaneswar. With this, GAIL started supply of environment-friendly PNG to 255 houses in Nalco Nagar in Chandrasekharpur area here.

One Jatindra Nayak, an officer at the Nalco and his wife Binapani Nayak received the first PNG connection being the beneficiary of commencement of the first phase of City Gas Distribution (CGD) project in Bhubaneswar. 

The first phase of supply of PNG in Bhubaneswar was earlier expected to be completed by March 2018 ahead of six months of the schedule.

“The commencement of supply of natural gas is an important step towards the fulfillment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of developing a gas-based economy and linking Eastern India to the country’s Natural Gas Grid through the ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’, which will pass through five States-Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal. The longest stretch of the project-769 km-will be built in Odisha,” said Union Minister Pradhan.

He said this pipeline will lead to industrial development of eastern India.

“Based on this gas-based pipeline, we are also planning to commission Talcher Fertiliser plant and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to lay foundation stone for this project in coming November,” informed Pradhan.

The City Gas Distribution projects in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack are being taken up in parallel with the Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro- Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL), popularly known as ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’.

In Odisha, the Natural Gas Pipeline will be constructed at an estimated investment of Rs 4,000 crore and have a length of about 769 km covering 13 districts- Bhadrak, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Angul, Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Debagarh, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Khordha, Puri and Kendrapara and will connect major industrial clusters of Khurdha, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Angul, Dhenkanal, Kalinganagar, Jajpur and Paradip.

Initially, natural gas will reach Bhubaneswar in special containers called “cascades” which will be transported by road from Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh. Later, natural gas will be supplied through the Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL). The pipeline is presently under construction and likely to be completed by 2019.

In Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, the number of PNG connections will be gradually ramped up in the next three to five years. Moreover, 25 CNG stations will be commissioned in the twin cities to supply compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel to vehicles.

In Bhubaneswar, construction activities of CNG stations have already been taken up at Chandrasekharpur, Patia, Khandagiri and Tamando, and supply will be commenced at the earliest.

The overall capital expenditure for the Bhubaneswar and Cuttack CGD projects will be Rs. 1,700 crores, of which Rs 400 crores will be spent in the next three to five years.

GAIL CMD BC Tripathi, Nalco CMD Dr TK Chand, was present on the occasion. 

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