Bhadrak: The ‘Bhumi Pujan’ (ground breaking ceremony) for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal project at Dhamra Port in Odisha’s Bhadrak district was held today in the presence of Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
“In eastern India, Dhamra will have the distinction of hosting the first LNG terminal, which will import gas from countries like US & Qatar,” Pradhan said.
“This 5 MMTPA capacity LNG terminal is expected to be commissioned by 2020-21 at an estimated cost of Rs 6,000 crore. It will be a source of huge employment & investment opportunities to Odisha & eastern India, along with access to clean fuel,” he said.
“Dhamra will be a vital link in connecting Eastern India to the Gas infrastructure of the country & will also benefit neighboring countries. Natural Gas from this LNG terminal will also be an important gas supply source to the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Project. Dhamra LNG terminal would also meet the gas requirements of Indian Oil Corporation’s refineries at Barauni in Bihar, Haldia in West Bengal & Paradip in Odisha,” the union minister said.
“Dhamra LNG terminal is a step closer towards realizing the dream of the Prime Minister of development of Eastern India, for overall growth of our nation. I have requested the state government for all possible help to ensure smooth execution of the terminal infrastructure for the benefit people of Odisha,” he added.
Among others, BJP leaders including KV Singhdeo and Manmohan Samal were present at the ground breaking ceremony.