BPCL to decide on LPG Uran pipeline

Vol 12, PW 12 (30 Oct 08) News in Brief

A pipeline will soon replace â€کbullet’ trucks to move LPG from two Mumbai refineries to a Bharat Petroleum bottling plant at Uran on the Arabian Sea.

BPCL directors meeting on October 30 are expected approve a proposal connecting the company’s 12m t/y refinery to Hindustan Petroleum’s 5.5m t/y refinery with a 26-km-long, 10-inch diameter pipeline to evacuate 1m t/y LPG to Uran. This pipeline will run 14-km undersea and 12-km onland and cost Rs250cr ($60m).

BPCL tells us key approvals from the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Mumbai Port Trust and the environment ministry are in hand. LPG is normally carried to Uran by 100 â€کbullet’ trucks daily on the Chembur to Vashi highway for bottling and distribution.

Once the pipeline is built, 60 to 70 rail wagons will haul 1200 tonnes of LPG daily from Uran to north India. BPCL’s refinery produces 500,000 tonnes LPG per annum and HPCL 369,000 tonnes, rising to 500,000 tonnes next year after refinery expansion.

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