Monday, June 17, 2019

Nepal-India cross border pipeline nears ready for operation

Laying of Nepal-India cross border pipeline – connecting Motihari in India to Amlekhgunj in Nepal – is finally coming to an end.
The South Asia's first cross border petroleum pipeline that covers a distance of 70.2-km will have to tested before it starts flowing diesel, which will save around Rs 2 billion of transportation cost apart from ensuring the smooth flow of diesel even in the times of unrest in the southern plains.
Estimated to cost around Rs 2.75 billion, the petroleum pipeline covers a distance of 32.65-km from Motihri to Raxaul on the Indian side was completed a month ago, and the task of laying pipeline for a distance of 37.25-km from Raxaul to Amlekhgunj of Bara on the Nepal side is also over, according to the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC). “The pipeline's technical examination – including hydro-test, radiography of pipes joined by welding, taking X-ray at the points where the pipes have been joined and removing the rust in the pipe through scan-plast have started with the completion of the pipeline laying works – is underway,” it informed, adding that a 25-member technical team, including NOC engineers, has left for Lucknow for training on hydro-test and other technical works of the pipeline. The sole supplier of the petroleum products to Nepal Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is providing training to the technicians to make them capable to take care of the petroleum pipeline.
After signing an agreement to lay the pipeline on August 24, 2015, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during Oli's India visit jointly laid the foundation stone for Motihari-Amlekhgunj petroleum pipeline project at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

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