Bengal now a part of national gas grid
West Bengal has joined the national gas grid with the inauguration of the 348 km trunk pipeline connecting Dhobi (near Gaya in Bihar) to Durgapur in central West Bengal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the gas pipeline.
GAIL laid the pipeline at an investment of Rs 2,400 crore. The pipeline will allow the publicly owned fertiliser plant at Sindri, Jharkhand, and a private plant at Panagarh, West Bengal, to function to its full potential.
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Modi was at Haldia to inaugurate four projects, totalling Rs 4,700 crore, belonging to GAIL, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) and NHAI.
The projects include a catalytic dewaxing unit to produce base oil for lubricants by IOC for Rs 1,019 crore, an LPG import terminal set up by BPCL for Rs 1,100 crore, and a rail overbridge to ease congestion of port traffic at Ranichak, Haldia. While the BPCL plant and the rail overbridge were commissioned recently, along with the GAIL pipeline, the IOC unit will be ready by 2023.
Image: The new gas pipeline segment runs from Gaya to Durgapur, facilitating plants in Sindri and Panagarh.
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