New Delhi: Among the three key energy projects that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate in Tamil Nadu via video conferencing on February 17 are Indian Oil Corporation's (IOC) Ramanathapuram–Thoothukudi natural gas pipeline and gasoline desulfurisation unit at Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited (CPCL). He will also lay the foundation stone of Cauvery basin Refinery at Nagapattinam. The inauguration of the three energy projects mark another significant milestone towards the Energy Aatmanirbharta of the nation. Governor and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel, and other Members of Parliament will also be present on the occasion.
Ramanathapuram-Thoothukudi natural gas pipeline
Ramanathapuram – Thoothukudi section (143 km) of the Ennore-Thiruvallur-Bengaluru-Puducherry-Nagapattinam-Madurai-Tuticorin Natural Gas pipeline (ETBPNMTPL) pipeline has been laid by IOC at a cost of about Rs 700 crore. It has generated 1.7 lakh man-days of employment. The pipeline shall utilise gas from ONGC gas fields and deliver indigenous natural gas as feedstock to M/s Southern Petrochemical Industries Corp Ltd (SPIC) at Tuticorin and other industrial/commercial customers and CGD GAs.
Gasoline desulfurisation unit at CPCL
The gasoline desulfurisation unit at CPCL, Manali, has been constructed at about Rs 500 crore, generating 18,000 man-days of employment. The gasoline desulfurisation unit at CPCL, Manali refinery, is a key energy project in Tamil Nadu which shall produce low sulphur (less than 8 ppm) environment-friendly gasoline, which will reduce emission and contribute towards a cleaner environment.
Grass-root refinery at Nagapattinam
The grass-root refinery with 9 million tonnes per annum (MMTPA) capacity is to be set up at Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu by a JV between Indian Oil and CPCL at an estimated project cost of Rs.31,500 crore. This project shall generate about 50 lakh man-days during the execution phase. The new refinery will produce MS and diesel meeting BS-VI specifications and Polypropylene as a value-added product and anticipates approximately 80% indigenous sourcing of materials and services.
These energy projects would result in substantial socio-economic benefits and shall aid the development of transport and communication facilities, education facilities, downstream petrochemical industries, ancillary and small-scale industries.
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