HPCL plans 215-km LPG pipeline from Haldia port to Panagarh, West Bengal

State-run Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL) is planning to lay a 215-km pipeline to transport liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from the Haldia port to the company’s bottling plant in Panagarh, West Bengal. As much as 1.06 million tonne per annum (MTPA) of product is estimated to be transported through the pipeline by FY26.

The company’s demand for LPG for West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand markets are met through imports in the Haldia terminal, and the fuel is now transported to HPCL’s bottling plants by road. HPCL currently operates 3,775 km of hydrocarbon pipelines across the country.

In its expressions of interest to lay the pipeline to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board, HPCL said it also wants to keep a provision to build a spur line in the future which will connect the proposed line with the Paharpur LPG plant in Kolkata. Including the Paharpur extension, the total product volume ferried through the pipeline can rise to 1.31 MTPA by FY26, HPCL said.

At current volumes, the proposed line is expected to replace 391 million tonne-km of road transportation per annum. HPCL currently operates 3,775 km of hydrocarbon pipelines across the country. 

HPCL’s fourth-quarter fiscal 2021 profits rose to Rs 3,018 crore from Rs 27 crore a year earlier on big inventory gains. The sales for the quarter rose 19% to Rs. 84,905 crore. This enhanced profitability was a result of robust operational performance, improvement in refinery margins helped by inventory gains and favorable exchange rate variations.

HPCL is also the first company to bring Ethanol Blended Petrol (Gasohol) in its Leh Depot, situated at an altitude of 11500 feet in Ladakh Region. HPCL`s Leh depot, which was commissioned in 2018 with a total tankage of 4450 kilo litres, is a crucial depot in the northernmost part of the country as it caters to the local demand and requirements of the Indian Armed Forces deployed along the borders. HPCL was also the first Oil Marketing Company of the country to start selling Ethanol blended Petrol from its Retail outlets situated in Jammu & Kashmir region.

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