Guwahati: Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) signed a pipeline “Right of Use (RoU)” sharing agreement with Indradhanush Gas Grid Limited (IGGL), which is a joint venture of NRL with Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL), Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) and Oil India Limited (OIL), Thursday.
The agreement was signed by LNR (project) director general PJ Sarmah and IGGL chief project director Pankaj Patowary, in the presence of LNR (technical) director (technical) BJ Phukan, director (finances) of the LNR Indranil Mittra, the CEO of IGGL AK Thakur and senior officials of both organizations. .
NRL is laying the 1630 km Paradip-Numaligarh Crude Oil Pipeline (PNCPL), a crude pipeline from Paradip port to Odisha and crossing West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, before finish at its Numaligarh refinery.
The pipeline project is a crucial part of NRL’s integrated refinery mega expansion project for capacity expansion from 3 MMT per year to 9 MMT per year, which is executed with an investment of over Rs 28,000 crore.
IGGL is laying a gas pipeline from Guwahati to Numaligarh as part of its flagship project to connect the North East region of India (NER) to the national gas grid.
IGGL’s gas pipelines will connect Guwahati to major cities like Itanagar, Dimapur, Kohima, Imphal, Aizawl, Agartala, Shillong, Silchar, Gangtok and Numaligarh.
The pipeline sharing agreement between NRL and IGGL takes advantage of the synergies between the PNCPL project and the NER Gas Grid project, as the pipelines share a common route from Baihata (north of Guwahati) to Numaligarh for approximately 386 km.
The RoU model streamlines land acquisition and resource sharing for optimal execution of pipeline laying work and, subsequently, efficient pipeline operation.
This pact follows on from NRL’s previous pipeline RUP sharing agreement with GAIL, signed on October 14, 2020, for a 550 km section from Purnia in Bihar to Baihata, which is also part of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project. .
These agreements are important milestones in the Union Government’s Hydrocarbons Vision 2030 for the North East, which seeks to leverage the region’s hydrocarbon potential to improve access to clean fuels in line with demand. growth of NER petroleum products, and also underline the key role of NRL in the advent of the socio-economic situation. development of the region.
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