Piped Natural Gas supply facility launched in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar, October 20, 2017: Union Petroleum and
Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday launched supply of Piped
Natural Gas (PNG) for as many as 255 residents of Bhubaneswar. With this, GAIL
started supply of environment-friendly PNG to 255 houses in Nalco Nagar in Chandrasekharpur
area here.
One Jatindra Nayak, an officer at the Nalco and his
wife Binapani Nayak received the first PNG connection being the beneficiary of
commencement of the first phase of City Gas Distribution (CGD) project in
The first phase of supply of PNG in Bhubaneswar was
earlier expected to be completed by March 2018 ahead of six months of the
“The commencement of supply of natural gas is an
important step towards the fulfillment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream
of developing a gas-based economy and linking Eastern India to the country’s
Natural Gas Grid through the ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’, which will pass
through five States-Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal.
The longest stretch of the project-769 km-will be built in Odisha,” said Union
Minister Pradhan.
He said this pipeline will lead to industrial
development of eastern India.
“Based on this gas-based pipeline, we are also
planning to commission Talcher Fertiliser plant and Prime Minister Narendra
Modi is likely to lay foundation stone for this project in coming November,” informed
The City Gas Distribution projects in Bhubaneswar
and Cuttack are being taken up in parallel with the Jagdishpur-Haldia and
Bokaro- Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL), popularly known as ‘Pradhan
Mantri Urja Ganga’.
In Odisha, the Natural Gas Pipeline will be
constructed at an estimated investment of Rs 4,000 crore and have a length of
about 769 km covering 13 districts- Bhadrak, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Angul,
Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Debagarh, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Khordha,
Puri and Kendrapara and will connect major industrial clusters of Khurdha,
Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Angul, Dhenkanal,
Kalinganagar, Jajpur and Paradip.
Initially, natural gas will reach Bhubaneswar in
special containers called “cascades” which will be transported by road from
Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh. Later, natural gas will be supplied through the
Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL). The pipeline
is presently under construction and likely to be completed by 2019.
In Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, the number of PNG
connections will be gradually ramped up in the next three to five years.
Moreover, 25 CNG stations will be commissioned in the twin cities to supply
compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel to vehicles.
In Bhubaneswar, construction activities of CNG
stations have already been taken up at Chandrasekharpur, Patia, Khandagiri and
Tamando, and supply will be commenced at the earliest.
The overall capital expenditure for the Bhubaneswar
and Cuttack CGD projects will be Rs. 1,700 crores, of which Rs 400 crores will
be spent in the next three to five years.
GAIL CMD BC Tripathi, Nalco CMD Dr TK Chand, was present
on the occasion. 

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