HPCL ignores protests and carries on to schedule

Vol 8, PW 14 (06 Oct 04) Midstream & Downstream

Protest or no protest, work on HPCLs massive 1036.4-km Mundra to Delhi products pipeline is proceeding apace.

In August, HPCL appointed Engineers India as Project Management Consultant and began acquiring Right of User permission from authorities in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana. In the same month HPCL also sought approvals from the pollution control boards of these three states.

Estimated to cost Rs1623cr ($360m), the oil ministry has given HPCL a deadline of May 2007 for completion of the pipeline, which will originate from Mundra port in Gujarat and end at Bahadurgarh (near Delhi) and carry a total 5.8m t/y of petrol, diesel and kerosene. HPCL plans to construct product storage facilities along the route of the pipeline at Mundra, Palanpur, Ajmer, Jaipur, Rewari and Bahadurgarh.

From Bahadurgarh, HPCL will lay three spur pipelines to Tikrikalan in Delhi. We have completed the detailed route survey, HPCL tells us.

We have also submitted applications for acquiring land to set up the storage terminals. HPCL is currently processing the tender for a Project Management Consultant for the storage terminals.

In December, HPCL expects to receive environment ministry clearance from Delhi for the project and remaining clearances in February next year. Orders for the pipes are likely to be placed in April next year and pipeline laying is scheduled to begin in October 2005 to be completed by February 2007, in time for commissioning in April 2007.

In December last year, the oil ministry invited Expressions of Interest for anyone interested in using 25% capacity on a common carrier basis. Only Reliance responded but HPCL rejected the offer.