BPCL to appoint Consultant for Feasibility Study and DPR for private Rail Siding to BPCL Oil Depot at Paradip

PARADIP: As the demand for Petroleum Products in India grows steadily, Petroleum pipeline, Private Railway line and Private Railway siding networks play a key role in placing these products in environment friendly manner across the country, in large volume, safely and economically. Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL)  is planning to construct a private Railway Siding for its BPCL Oil Depot at Paradip. To this effect, BPCL had floated a tender for consultancy services for preparation of Feasibility Study Report and Detailed Project Report with Financial Modelling, for construction of a private Railway Siding for BPCL Oil Depot at Paradip.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) is a fortune 500 oil refining, exploration and marketing PSU with Navratna status. BPCL has multiple refinery units in Mumbai, Kochi, Numaligarh and Bina. Bharat Petroleum’s Mumbai Refinery is one of the most versatile Refineries in India. With successful implementation of various projects and de-bottlenecking, Refineries currently process about 12 Million Metric Tons of crude oil per annum.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd., a major Public Sector Oil Company under overall administrative control of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Govt. of India, owns a petroleum oil depot at Sambalpur & Paradeep, Balasore & Beherampur to cater the customers in the State of Odisha.

The Angul – Dhenkanal region has experienced considerable industrial growth including that of petroleum products in the recent years and the same high trend is continuing. To serve the state of Odisha in this region at present, BPCL does not have any Depot, and also the Paradip-Ranchi product pipeline passing through Dhenkanal and Anugul district, close to Meramundali.

Meramundali Depot will be a tap-off point (TOP) on IOCL’s Paradeep – Ranchi pipeline from Paradeep refinery with Railway siding.

Minimum inter-tank distance will be 15 Mtr. The product will be received through the Pipeline and additionally there will be a provision for receipt through tank wagons through the Railway siding proposed. Tankage calculations have been considered for all the three oil companies for the projected volume of 2026-27. Total Proposed Tankage: 78, 200 KL.

Land Requirement: 3,64,217 m² of land situated at Meramundali close to Sadashibpur Railway Station on E.Co Railway, Bhubaneswar-Sambalpur Route is acquired for the proposed project.

1. Area required for construction of tanks: 80937 Area (m²) – 22.2 %
2. Full length tank wagon siding: 48562.3 Area (m²) – 13.3%
3. Tank Lorry Filling area: 32374.9 Area (m²) – 9%
4. TT Parking Area ( 200 TTs): 40468.6 Area (m²) – 11.1%
5. Pipeline receipt and pumping station: 20234.3 Area (m²) – 5.5%
6. Administrative Facilities: 12140.6 Area (m²) – 3.3%
7. Other Plant Facilities: 20234.3 Area (m²) – 5.5%
8. Green belt area: 80937 Area (m²) – 22.2%
9. Bio- Fuel and other future expansion: 28328 Area (m²) – 7.8%
Total Area 3,64,217 Area (m²) – 100%

Portion of under-construction rail line of Paradip-Haridaspur project caves in

Panic struck among the villagers of Goseinbandh village under Marshaghai police limit after a portion of under-construction railway line of Paradip-Haridaspur railway project caved in last night.

Though no casualties or injuries were reported, a couple of families were affected as cracks were developed in their concrete buildings.

Rabindra Das, whose house was affected said last night, they heard a big sound .. Later, a portion of the under-construction rail line caved in.

The intensity was so high that some of the buildings were half-buried. The inmates of the house could not come out. The roads developed cracks at several places.

The local fire brigade rushed to the spot and managed to rescue the family members, Marshaghai police too rushed to the spot to conduct an inquiry.

Locals alleged that the railway line caved in due to substandard work.

The officials of Rail Vikas Nigam Limited visited the spot today to take stock of the situation. The RVNL authorities provided Rs 5000 as relief to the two affected families.

The affected families also demanded compensation. “we assured to provide compensation, after the RSVL receive the RI inquiry report of the affected buildings”, said Umashankar Sahu, one of the engineers of RVNL.

Meanwhile, stone pilling is going to be made in the collapsed portion of the rail line, soon, RVNL Engineer said.

Notably, the 82-km railway line from Haridaspur to the port town of Paradip covering Jajpur, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur districts, is likely to be completed in March this year. The first goods train is likely to roll out on the line in March.

Meanwhile, around 95 per cent work has been completed and the rest will be over by March. Signboards and telecommunication systems have been installed and work on level crossing completed. As many as 31 bridges and 171 minor bridges have been constructed over rivers, canals and other water bodies for the project.

The project, sanctioned in 1996-97, aims to facilitate the movement of freight, export of finished products of steel plants and imported coking coal from Paradip to industries.

The then Union Railway Minister Nitish Kumar had laid the foundation stone of the project near Marshaghai on April 4, 1999, and promised to complete it by 2004.

In November last year, the State Government had directed officials concerned to complete the project within the extended deadline of March 2020.

The project has been considerably delayed in the past leading to escalation of the cost. The Union Government has recently allotted Rs 100 crore for the project.

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