Bhubaneswar/Bhadrak: The ground breaking ceremony of the Rs 6,000 crore LNG Terminal has been held at Dhamra port in Bhadrak district on Saturday.
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan performed the Bhumi Puja in the absence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
On the occasion, Dharmendra Pradhan said the 5 MMTPA capacity LNG terminal will play a significant role in accelerating the process of development and economic growth in eastern India.
The construction of LNG import terminal would cost Rs 6,000 crore while 2539 km long network of pipeline for transporting gas would be laid at an investment of Rs 13,000 crore, the union minister said.
The network is supposed to connect 13 districts of the state and states like Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.
Worth mentioned, CM Naveen Patnaik was supposed to perform the Bhumi Puja but however he skipped the programme even though he was invited to the ceremony.
The LNG terminal would also meet the gas requirements of three oil refineries of IndianOil situated in Barauni, Haldia and Paradip. The three fertiliser plants at Barauni, Sindri and Gorakhpur, which are being revived by the Government of India, will also benefit from the terminal.
Natural gas is the fuel of the 21st century owing to its inherent low-carbon intensity. And the Government of India is keen to mainstream a gas-based economy in the country.
At present, the States in eastern India, viz., Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, are not able to get the benefits of natural gas in sectors like domestic, transport, industries, etc., as the region does not have gas infrastructure by way of LNG terminals and cross-country gas pipeline grid.