19 February 2019
Rayagada: Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan today laid foundation stone for a LPG bottling plant of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) here today afternoon. The ceremony took place at IID Center, Rayagada in the presence of MP Jhina Hikaka and MLA Lal Bihari Himirika.
The LPG Plant at Rayagada will be constructed 5 kilometers from Rayagada Railway station. The plant will be spread over 21 acres and will have the capacity of filling 42 lakh cylinders per year. It is expected to be operational by September 2020.
HPCL is presently having a LPG Bottling Plant at Jatni in Khurda. The new plant to be constructed at Rayagada, will be the second LPG Bottling Plant of HPCL in the Odisha. Oil Marketing Companies are having LPG Bottling Plants at Balasore, Jharsuguda, Khurda and Jatni. The current bottling capacity of these 4 plants is 2.80 Crores cylinders per annum. In addition to the proposed LPG Bottling Plant at Rayagada, Oil Marketing Companies have plans to set up new plants at Bhubaneswar and Balangir. With the commissioning of three new LPG Bottling Plants, Odisha will have a total of 7 LPG Bottling Plants. The bottling capacity of these 7 bottling plants will be about 4.06 crores cylinders per annum.
There has been a significant growth of LPG in the state of Odisha, the LPG consumer base has grown up to 76.65 lakhs. The demand for packed LPG in Odisha was 3.2 Crores cylinder last year which is expected to be 4.3 Crores cylinder by 2020. HPCL has 26.64 lakhs customers, who consume about 1.3 Crores cylinders in a year. This consumption is expected to increase to 1.6 Crores cylinders by 2020.
“With the LPG demand growing in the State particularly in the Western and South-western Odisha, the need for putting up a new bottling plant was felt and the historical town of Rayagada was chosen for locating the plant considering the logistics advantage of the location,” stated the press release by HPCL.