Balangir: The foundation stone of Balangir LPG Bottling Plant was laid by Shri. Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Shri. Thaawarchand Gehlot, Honourable Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, in the august presence of,Shri Kanak Vardhan Singh Deo, Honourable MLA,Patnagarh, Shri. Rajkumar CMD, BPCL and other dignitaries today at Koshala Kalamandala Ground, Balangir.
Mr. D, Rajkumar CMD, BPCL in his welcome address remarked that with the LPG demand growing in the State, need for putting up a new bottling plant was felt and the historical town of Balangir was chosen for locating the plant considering the logistics advantage of the location. He further added that this LPG plant will be the second one in the state of Odisha after Khurda LPG plant and would be spread over 23 acres of land with the capacity to bottle 42.0 lakhs cylinders per year.
The Honourable Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri. Dharmendra complimented BPCL for putting up this plant at a cost of Rs. 103 crore which would be completed before March 2020 and would cater to 14 districts of the state. This project would benefit the underprivileged and economically backward class. This plant at Balangir will give a boost to the PMUY initiative scheme and the main beneficiaries would be tribals and dalits in the state of Odisha. He further added “This is only the beginning, BPCL is coming up with another mega ethanol plant of Rs. 800 crores at Bargarh which will use agricultural waste”. These projects would generate direct and indirect employment for youth of the state.
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) a Maharatna PSU under the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas is setting up a LPG Bottling Plant at Village Barkhani, District Balangir in Odisha State. BPCL is already having a LPG Bottling Plant at Khurda. For BPCL, the new plant that is going to be constructed at Balangir will be the second in the State of Odisha. Oil Marketing Companies are having LPG Bottling Plants at Balasore, Jharsuguda, Khurda and Jatni. The current bottling capacity of these 4 plants is 2.80 Crores cylinders per annum. In addition to the proposed LPG Bottling Plant at Balangir, Oil Marketing Companies have plans to set up new plants at Bhubaneswar and Rayagada. Odisha will have a total of 7 LPG Bottling Plants once all the new plants are completed. The bottling capacity of these 7 bottling plants will be 4.06 crores cylinders per annum.
LPG consumers in Odisha state were 20.22 lakh on 1.6.2014 has grown up to 62.17 lakhs on 1.5.2018 which is increase of customer base by 207.5% during this period. The demand for packed LPG in Odisha was 454.3 TMT last year which is expected to be 610 MT. by 2020.
BPCL has 15.37 lakhs customers who consume 78 lakh cylinders in a year. This consumption is expected to increase to 105 lakh cylinders by 2020. The LPG Plant at Balangir will be constructed in the village Barkhani which is around 12 KMs from Balangir Railway station. The plant will be spread over 23 acres and will have the capacity to produce 42 lakh cylinders per year. The plant is expected to be operational by March 2020.
Balangir Plant once commissioned shall be supplying LPG cylinders to the consumers in 14 districts of Odisha namely: Balangir, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Sonepur Koraput, Malkangiri, Nowrangpur, Boudh, Kandhamal, Raygada and Nuapada.