Monday, June 3, 2019

Petroleum pipeline nears completion

Construction of Motihari-Amlekhgunj fuel pipeline nears completion as 99 per cent of the pipe-laying process has been completed.
According to Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC), around 99 per cent of the installation of petroleum pipeline on the Motihari-Amlekhgunj has been completed. “The pipe laying process of 36.6-kilometre on Nepal side has been completed,” the fuel monopoly said, adding that Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) – which is the project developer – has already completed laying pipes along 32.7-km within the Indian territory. “Petroleum products from India will be imported to Nepal via the 78-km pipeline under the project, which is the first cross-border project in the entire South Asia.”
Though, the project is estimated to come into operation from mid-April, the launch date has been rescheduled for mid-July. A total of 25 Nepali technicians are currently in India to receive an eight-day training that IOC is providing to handle the project. “After the training of technicians concludes, the pipeline’s ownership will be handed over to Nepal.”
The project – with a total cost of over INR 2 billio – is expected to reduce the annual cost of importing petroleum products from India to Nepal by road by Rs 2 billion. NOC plans to further expand the petroleum pipeline up to Lothar in Chitwan, the fuel monopoly added.

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