Nepal-India’s Petroleum Pipeline Plan Ready to Begin

Nepal-India’s Petroleum Pipeline Plan Ready to Begin
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The much-awaited Motihari-Raxaul-Amlekhgunj petroleum pipeline development project will probably enter into operation by August this year, as nearly all works on the task have been finished.

“The circumstance, now, is becoming that the pipeline may come into operation simply by pressing control,” said Birendra Goit, a spokesperson at Nepal Oil Company.

The NOC is planning to carry the project into operation within August, he stated. Nevertheless, the date to inaugurate the task has not yet been set.

He educated that the NOC along with the Indian Oil Corporation was talking about to fix its operation date.

Almost all work to lay the pipes in the 69.2-kilometer extend of Motihari-Raxaul-Amlekhgunj get, already, been finished, he said, attaching that technical works on the building of the control rooms were in improvement so they could be completed shortly.

Even though the NOC had set a focus on to carry diesel through the pipeline from mid-April this year, it had been delayed by nearly four months because of delay in giving the approval to cut down the trees of the 10-kilometer jungle area.

Around 36.2-km of the petroleum pipeline — from Raxaul edge to Amlekhgunj — lies in Nepal and 33km of it — from Motihari to Raxaul, lies in India.

“The work progress in the pipe laying work continues to be highly acceptable, and it is particular that it will total before the set time period. The project has set a focus on to complete it within 30 months once works on the project started,” he said.

The work on the project had started in April 2018.

“This is the multi-product pipeline, we are able to bring petrol, diesel, kerosene and aviation fuels via the same pipeline. However, we are going to supply diesel via the pipeline in the first phase. Other products are going to be supplied after testing the supply of diesel,” Goit informed Rising Nepal.

“The price of fuel transport will drop by around Rs. 700 million years after the project arrives into operation. It could possibly reduce the long jam of the petrol tankers at the Birgunj-Pathlaiya-Amlekhgunj road section,” Goit said.

The cost of the task ( Amlekhgunj to Raxaul), is estimated at IRs. 2.75 billion, which, India has borne IRs. 2 billion and the 33-kilometer Raxaul–Motihari pipeline was constructed by India itself.

Discussing the security issue of the pipeline, Goit declared that Nepal and India would be responsible for the security of the pipeline in their specific territory. He declared that the security agencies of Nepal would give security to the pipeline laid in the Nepali soil.

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