June 07, 2019 [The Hindu] – As part of the proposal to shift Indian Oil Corporation Ltd’s (IOCL) product terminals at Korukkupet and Tondiarpet to Vallur in Tiruvallur district, preliminary works to lay new pipelines from Ennore to the Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (CPCL) refinery in Manali are under way.
The total cost of the project, including laying of pipelines and construction of terminal, would be ₹730 crore. The terminals that have been in operation for many decades now from thickly populated north Chennai, receive, store and supply fuel, lubricants and oil. They presently cater to the fuel needs of Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and other neighbouring districts.
However, they are being shifted following orders from various bodies, including the National Green Tribunal and Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisations and also taking into consideration the need to be compliant with safety standards of the oil industry. Already, efforts have been taken to decongest the terminals and number of trucks entering / exiting the terminal has been brought down.
Official sources in IOCL explained that it had been planned to provide dual pipeline connectivity at the Vallur terminal, one from Chennai port and another from Ennore port. “Therefore, the IOCL will lay pipelines to carry products from Ennore to Vallur and from CPCL to Vallur,” the official said.
“The right of way (RoW) has been acquired for laying pipelines from Ennore to CPCL. The proposal is under the consideration of the IOCL Board and approval is likely in another 3-4 months. It will take 30 months to complete the work once it begins,” an official explained.
A total of 102 acres of land has already been procured at Vallur in Minjur in Tiruvallur district for the petroleum, oil and lubricant (POL) terminal.