Test of cross border petroleum pipeline successful

By Laxman Kafle, Kathmandu, July 19: Test of the cross border petroleum pipeline succeeded on Friday after 1,000 KL of diesel arrived at Amlekhgunj depot of Nepal Oil Corporation via the pipeline.

According to Pradeep Kumar Yadav, petroleum pipeline project manager, 1,000 KL diesel dropped at the Amlekhgunj depot this morning at 6:00 am.

Before sending the diesel, the Indian authorities had sent 650 KL of water which arrived to the depot this morning at 2:30 am, he said.

The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) sent the petroleum products through the newly installed 69.2 km pipeline from Motihari of India to Amlekhgunj, Nepal, as a test product which completed successfully, he said

About 36.2-km of the petroleum pipeline-- from Raxaul border to Amlekhgunj—lies in Nepal and 33km of it-- from Motihari to Raxaul, lies in India.

The test supply has been stopped after 1,000 KL diesel out of total dispatched 3,100 KL arrived in Nepal this morning.

The remaining diesel will be in the pipeline route, he said.

He said that the quality of the supplied diesel through the pipeline was of the set standards.

 “The commercial supply of petroleum products through the pipeline will start formally after the prime ministers of Nepal and India will inaugurate it. The inauguration programme will be held by mid-August,” Yadav told The Rising Nepal.

However, the date to inaugurate the project has not yet been fixed.

  “With the effort of the NOC and IOC, and both governments, the construction of the project was completed almost 15 month before the target. The project was to complete in 30 months.

 The work on the project had begun in April, 2018.

 Under the multi-product pipeline system, kerosene will be supplied after each of the three products-- diesel, petrol and aviation fuel," he said, however, the NOC will start to import petrol only after increasing the storage capacity of petrol tanks in Nepal.

 The Amlekhgunj depot has a capacity to hold 20,000 KL diesel and 2,000 KL petrol, he said.

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