Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the country’s longest LPG pipeline from the Gujarat coast to Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. The LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) pipeline will cater to the growing demand for cooking fuel in the country. State-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is laying the LPG pipeline. The pipeline would also supply LPG to 22 bottling plants along the route. According to the Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, this would probably be the longest LPG pipeline in the world.
All That You Need To Know About India’s Longest LPG Pipeline
- The pipeline that will be laid at a cost of Rs 9,000 crore can carry 3.75 million tonne per annum of LPG.
- The longest LPG pipeline will feed the needs of Kandla port and IOC’s Koyali refinery in Gujarat.
- IOC has planned to import LPG at Kandla in Gujarat and move it through the 1,987-kilometre pipeline to Gorakhpur through several cities in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The cities are Ahmedabad, Ujjain, Bhopal, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi and Lucknow.
- Currently, GAIL (Gas Authority of India Limited) operates a 1,415-km line from Gujarat’s Jamnagar to Loni in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. This line carries 2.5 million tonne of LPG in a year.
- GAIL also has a 623-km Vizag-Secunderabad pipeline while the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has a 274-km pipeline from Panipat in Haryana to Punjab’s Jalandhar.
- The pipeline will connect eight of IOC’s LPG bottling plants in Central and Northern India as well as to bottling plants of other companies such as BPCL and HPCL.
- The most suitable coast to import LPG is the West coast. Apart from the Jamnagar-Loni pipeline, there is no LPG pipeline in existence or in construction to link West Coast to Central India.
- The demand for LPG has increased 10.5% this fiscal with just about half of the 8.4 million tonne consumed being locally produced.
- IOC is constructing additional import capacities at Paradip, Cochin and Kandla.
- IOC caters to nearly half of the country’s 26 crore LPG consumers.