Numaligarh-Parbatipur Oil Pipeline

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Numaligarh-Parbatipur Oil Pipeline is a proposed crude oil pipeline.[1] It is also known as the India-Bangladesh Friendship Product Pipeline (IBFPL).

Location

The pipeline would run from the refinery in Numaligarh, India to Parbatipur, Bangladesh. The exact proposed route is on the last page of the February 2019 application to build the pipeline submitted to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board.[2]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC)
  • Parent Company: Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC)
  • Current capacity:
  • Proposed capacity: 20,000 barrels per day
  • Length: 78 mi / 130 km
  • Status: Construction
  • Start Year: 2022

Background

In April 2018 the governments of India and Bangladesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build the pipeline.[1] In August 2019 it was reported that development of the pipeline had been held up due to a technical objection raised by H-Energy, a subsidiary of the Hiranandani group.[3] "“The customer — Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) — for which the dedicated pipeline has been proposed is a marketing and distribution company of petroleum products in Bangladesh. Hence, the customer (BPC) will resell the products to its customers,” H-Energy informed India's Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB).[3] “Therefore, the proposed pipeline does not fall within the definition of a dedicated pipeline and the application of a dedicated pipeline under the provisions of PNGRB authorisation regulations cannot be considered." Once approved the pipeline would take an estimated 27 months to build.[3]

Construction of the pipeline began in March 2020.[4]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bangladesh, India sign 130km oil pipeline deal, Times of India, Apr. 10, 2018
  2. NRL/IBFPL01/, PNGRB, Feb. 14, 2019, p.44
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bangladesh pipeline hits a hurdle, The Telegraph, Aug. 4, 2019
  4. Trans-border pipeline: Pipework inside BD starts this month, The Financial Express, Mar. 18, 2020

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