Indian Oil to commission Paradip-Haldia pipeline
ndian Oil Corporation Ltd plans to commission its
Paradip-Haldia crude oil pipeline by the end of this month. The project was to
be commissioned in March 2006 and later by January 2008. However, it has been
delayed due to various disputes at the project level. The cost of the project is
estimated at Rs 1,178 crore.
According to IOCL sources, work was stopped at the site due to a dispute between
Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Company and its sub-contractor.
Following this, Indian Oil Corporation terminated the contract with IOEC in
April 2007 and awarded it to Ocean Engineering Services, Australia, for
installation of barge at site and execution of the balance jobs. OES mobilised
the installation of barge at site in May 2007, but work again stopped due to
unfavourable sea conditions.
The barge reached Paradip in November 2007 and anchored near the single point
mooring site. The hydro testing of the offshore 48" line was completed in March
2008 along with the arrangement of hook-up of the offshore line with the station
Sources confirm that, at present, all offshore activities are complete except
the installation of SPM along with accessories, including anchor chain alignment
and tensioning, which is in progress and is likely to be complete this month.
Chennai-Bangalore pipeline on schedule
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd is set to commission its
Chennai-Bangalore product pipeline on schedule in July 2009. The Rs 232.11-crore
project consists of laying a 14"/12" diameter 290-km long product pipeline from
Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd refinery in Chennai to Bangalore.
Speaking to Projectswire, company officials said that the pipeline, once
commissioned, would ensure uninterrupted, regular and economical transportation
of petroleum products to Bangalore-fed areas in a cost-effective manner.
The company has received first-stage forest clearance from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka
and Andhra Pradesh. Presently, tendering is in progress for various materials
and works at the site. Environment clearance, Central Controller of Explosives
clearance and pollution control board clearances from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and
Andhra Pradesh are already in place.
[May 26-June 1, 2008]