Port Wings News Network:
For the first time, maintenance dredging material will be utilised for land reclamation of the Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) storage terminal at Paradip.
Shri Mansukh Mandavyia, Union Minister of State (Shipping) has been encouraging ports for such beneficial reuse of dredge material. This is a unique initiative being taken by Dredging Corporation of India with PPT & NRL.
NRL entered into a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Paradip Port Trust (PPT) and Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) for reclamation of the proposed 200 acres of land allotted to NRL for setting up its Crude Oil import terminal (COIT) at Paradip Port.
An MoU was signed to this effect 23 September 2020 at Paradip amongst Capt. A K Mahapatra; Dy. Conservator PPT, CGM DCI- Capt S Divakar and DGM (Projects Pipeline) NRL – Shri A J Phukan in presence of Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman PPT, MD NRL – Shri S K Barua & MD DCI- Mr. Rajesh Tripathi and other senior officials from all the three organizations.
The Terminal is being set up as part of NRL’s integrated Refinery Expansion project that is being implemented at an estimated cost of more that Rs. 22 thousand Crore. The mega project envisages amongst others, import of Crude Oil at Paradip port and laying of pipeline to Numaligarh to transport the same. Project activities have gathered pace after receipt of Environmental Clearance in the month of July 2020.
DCI shall start the dredging activity from mid-November 2020 and is expected to complete the reclamation work of COIT plot within a period of seven months.