GUWAHATI, Nov 17 – Lauding the Pipeline Department of Oil India Limited on the occasion of its golden jubilee, Assam Governor JB Patnaik today underscored the need for attaining self-sufficiency in oil, saying that the story of modern India would not be complete till the country achieved self-reliance in oil. The Governor was addressing as chief guest the concluding function of the golden jubilee celebration of the Pipeline Department of Oil India Limited at Narangi, Guwahati.
“At one time the UK was heavily dependent on export of oil until all on a sudden the bonanza of discovering rich oil resources in the North-east. We must continue with renewed vigour our efforts to find more oil wells in Assam and the north-eastern region, and also other probable offshore areas,” Patnaik said.
Referring to the deficit between the demand and supply of oil, Patnaik said that reducing the deficit was critical to sustaining the country’s development process.
“We need oil for the country’s engine of development, as it is the main source of energy needs. Our own production of oil per year is 38 million tons and our need is 138 million tons. For this deficit of one hundred million tons we depend on the outside world. There are some countries like the Persian Gulf states, West African states, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, South American countries, Mexico, United States, Indonesia and Russia which meet much of the world’s oil requirements,” he said.
Attributing the success of Oil India Pipeline to the hard work and sincere efforts put in by all its personnel, the Governor wished it a glorious future ahead.
OIL, the pioneer in the field of crude oil transportation in South East Asia, owns and operates a 1,157 km of cross country crude oil pipeline from Duliajan in Assam to Barauni in Bihar. This state-of-the-art pipeline has the capacity to transport 5.5 MMTPA of crude oil, feeding public sector refineries at Digboi, Numaligarh, Guwahati and Bongaigaon in the North-east. The construction of the entire pipeline was completed in 1962, and now there are ten pump stations and 17 repeater stations to cater to the requirements of the department.
In the last 50 years Pipeline Department has got a great track record in the field of Pipeline Engineering. It has acquired the expertise of designing and installing Pipelines and Pumping Stations. The SCADA system for Telecommunication purpose has also been upgraded with in-house expertise. It has also offered its expertise to foreign Pipelines in Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia. It has got a 10 pc stake in Sudan Pipeline with OVL of ONGCL and 26 pc stake in DNPL.
SK Srivastav, chairman and managing director, OIL; S Rath, director (operation), OIL; and TK Duarah, manager, (pipeline services), also addressed the gathering.