Dhamra LNG Termainal Bhumi Pujan by Dharmendra Pradhan
Bhubaneswar (OdishaLIVE Bureau) : “In eastern India, Dhamra will have the distinction of hosting the first LNG terminal, which will import gas from countries like US & Qatar”, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said on occasion of bhumi pujan of Dhamra LNG Termainal at Dhamra port under Bhadrak district of Odisha.
Natural gas is the fuel of the 21st century owing to its inherent low-carbon intensity and the Government of India is keen to establish a gas-based economy in the country.
At present, the States in eastern India, viz., Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, are not able to get the benefits of natural gas in sectors like domestic, transport, industries, etc., as the region does not have gas infrastructure by way of LNG terminals and cross-country gas pipeline grid.
The government is interested to tap into the demand of gas supply and has kick started by the Bhumi Pujan of the 5 million metric tonnes per annum LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) Re-gasification Terminal at Dhamra Port, located in Bhadrak district of Odisha, which was performed by Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India today in presence of over 6,000 people.
Addressing the gathering Mr. Pradhan said Dhamra LNG terminal is a step closer towards realizing Prime Minister’s dream of development of Eastern India, for overall growth of our nation.
Indian Oil Corporation, GAIL (India) Ltd. and Adani Group are joining hands to set up the terminal at Dhamra port for receipt, storage and regasification of LNG. The Terminal, being built at an estimated cost of Rs. 6,000 crore, is expected to be commissioned by the year 2020-21.
Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, Indian Oil said “Dhamra LNG Terminal will usher in a green wave of growth and development in eastern India by making available clean and economically viable natural gas to fuel various sectors.”
BC Tripathi, CMD, GAIL reiterated the PSU’s commitment to taking the Dhamra LNG project to its fruition & recounted its multiple benefits for citizens of eastern India.
It will cater to city gas distribution networks and industrial hubs in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Angul, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Rourkela in Odisha. Thirteen districts of Odisha, that is, Sundargarh, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Angul, Dhenkanal, Khorda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri and Jharsuguda will benefit from the pipeline passing through the State.
The natural gas from Dhamra LNG Terminal would also be supplied to various city gas distribution (CGD) networks coming up in eastern India, in cities such as, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Ranchi, Bokaro, Jamshedpur and Kolkata.
The CGD networks would in turn cater to the requirements of piped gas for households, CNG for automobiles and clean fuel requirements of commercial establishments and industries
Karan Adani, CEO Adani Port & SEZ Ltd. said Adani Group endeavours to build a world-class project that will make Odisha proud & galvanise an entire ecosystem of job creation.
The Dhamra LNG Terminal project and the JHBDPL project cumulatively are expected to bring investments to the tune of Rs. 51,000 crore into the economy of eastern India. The LNG terminal would also meet the gas requirements of three oil refineries of IndianOil situated in Barauni, Haldia and Paradip.