Road movement of LPG tankers will be reduced significantly once the LPG import facility and terminal at Puthuvype and the Kochi-Salem LPG pipeline get operational, A Pandian, general manager, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Kerala, has said.
The company is doing everything possible to decrease the number of LPG tanker-related accidents in the state, he said at a press conference here on Wednesday.
Pandian revealed that the IOC gave `2.6 crore to the Chief Minister in his office as compensation for Chala LPG tanker accident victims.
“The Oil Ministry has been taking all possible measures to ensure the safety of LPG bullet trucks on road. Besides providing all safety equipment as approved by the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation, regular training programmes are being conducted for LPG tanker crew. The major LPG tanker accidents have occurred on NH-17, especially Kasargod and Kannur sections where there are several blind spots and non-standard gradients. The IOC plans to develop rest and parking facilities for LPG bullet trucks/drivers on NH-17 and NH-47 and has approached the government for land,” he said.
He added that the average requirement of domestic, commercial and industrial LPG in the state is about 673 thousand metric tonnes (TMT) per annum (56 TMT per month).
“The Kochi Refinery is producing only 467 TMT per annum. So there is a shortfall of 206 TMT. Hence, oil companies have to source LPG from Mangalore, where the nearest import facility is located, to meet the demand. The LPG import facility at Puthuvype near Kochi with 0.6 million metric tonnes per annum will be completed by 2016-17, which will meet the requirements of Kerala and neighbouring states. A pipeline from the terminal to Kochi Refinery and from there to Salem via Coimbatore is expected to start by this year end. Upon completion, the road movement of LPG tankers will be decreased,” he said.
IOC chief corporate communications manager V Vetriselvakumar and deputy general manager T Satish Kumar also spoke at the meet.IOC emergency service cell numbers are 0484-2356247 and 2357247.