Indian Oil Corporation, GAIL (India) and Adani Group have joined hands to set up the terminal at Dhamra port for receipt, storage and regasification of LNG
The Bhumi Pujan of the 5-MMTPA (million metric tonnes per annum) LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) Regasification Terminal at Dhamra Port, located in Bhadrak district of Odisha, was performed by Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India, at the project site, amidst loud cheering & enthusiasm of over 6,000 people gathered to witness the historic occasion.
KV Singhdeo, MLA Patnagarh (Bolangir); Manmoham Samal, former Minister (Revenue), Govt. of Odisha; Bishnu Sethi, Former MLA Chandbali; Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, IndianOil; BC Tripathi, CMD, GAIL; Karan Adani, CEO, Adani Port & SEZ Ltd., and senior officials from the oil industry were also present at the ceremony.
Indian Oil Corporation, GAIL (India) and Adani Group have joined 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. 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.
Addressing the gathering after unveiling the foundation stone plaque of Dhamra LNG Terminal, Pradhan said the terminal will play a significant role in the development of eastern India. “Hon’ble Prime Minister has charted a roadmap for the growth of eastern India and stated that India can’t be developed without integration of its eastern arm into the mainstream economy. Dhamra LNG Terminal is a gift from Hon’ble PM Modi to change the narrative of Odisha & bring back its past glory.”
Pradhan added that India is transitioning to a gas-based economy with 50% of gas being imported through terminals located in Gujarat & one in Maharashtra. “In eastern India, Dhamra will have the distinction of hosting the first LNG terminal, which will import gas from countries like US & Qatar.”
Hon’ble MoS also enumerated the multiple benefits that will accrue to Odisha state & the region with Dhamra LNG Terminal acting as a source of employment & investment opportunities, along with access to clean fuel.