Bhubaneswar: Around 25 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations are planned to be set up in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
Gas Authority of India Ltd Director (Projects) Ashutosh Karnatak informed that while 15 CNG stations would be commissioned in Bhubaneswar the other 10 are planned to be set up in Cuttack.
“Two stations are being constructed in Khandagiri and Tamando. Over the coming years, 25 CNG stations will be commissioned in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack,” said Karnatak.
Meanwhile, the Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is set to launch two CNG stations at Chandrasekharpur and Patia in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.
According to sources, Pradhan will also lay the foundation stones for the new Dhamra-Angul 36-inch main line and the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack-Paradip 12-inch spur line on Sunday which is a part of the pipeline project.
GAIL will sign term-sheets with industrial customers for supply of natural gas.
Karnatak further said that GAIL is implementing the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga and also the City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
“Initially, natural gas will reach Bhubaneswar in special containers called ‘cascades’ transported by road from Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh. Later, it will be supplied through the 2,655 km long Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL),” he added.
According to reports, the total capital expenditure for Bhubaneswar and Cuttack CGD projects will be Rs 1,700 crore out of which Rs 400 crore will be spent within the next three to five years.