07 February, Bhubaneswar
Union Minister of state for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan today said India is keen to set up its marketing infrastructure in Bangladesh and interested in establishing refinery and bunkering operation in Sri Lanka.
Pradhan Saturday held discussion with Adviser to Bangladesh Prime Minister on energy, power and mineral resources Towfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury Bir Bikram and Sri Lanka Deputy Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Anoma Gamage for promoting bilateral cooperation in energy sector with both the countries. Both the dignitaries were here on the invitation of the Union Minister to participate in a function where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate an oil refinery at Paradip to the nation tomorrow.
After the discussion Pradhan told mediapersons here that discussion was held to supply diesel and petrol to Bangladesh from Numaligarha refinery in Assam through 200 km long pipeline.
He said four ports- Paradip, Chenai, Chitagang and Mangla would be inter connected for export of petroleum products. The issue of transportation of LPG to north eastern state through the territory of Bangladesh was also discussed in the meting. He said with the commissioning of the Paradip refinery the petroleum products would be transported first through train and then by ship and pipelines.
Pradhan said the Union Minister said Bangladesh had given two oil blocks for explorationand the work would be started towards September after the rainy season.
He said the Indian PSUs were interested in participating in petroleum sector in Bangladesh including in exploration, refinery expansion and related works. The union minister discussed about the expansion of Lanka IOC in Sri Lanka including retail business, bunkering and marketing of ATF and LPG.He reiterated the commitment made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make Trincomale a regional energy hub