The chairman of Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board, L Mansingh, who was here to attend a seminar, met the chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, and discussed the two projects.
Government sources said the chief minister assured visiting delegates that the state would appoint a nodal officer for the two projects who would co-ordinate the work between the companies and the government. The sources said that the pipeline projects will benefit the state as distribution of gas will become easier and the prices will come down as pipelines will bring down the cost of transporation. The state will also benefit as the two projects are going to generate huge employment opportunity.
The two pipeline projects will have gas terminals at Bhubaneswar, Rourkela, Khorda, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Anandpur, Baripada and Kamakhyanagar. The state government, however, has reqested the Centre that terminals also be opened at Berhampur and Cuttack.
Reliance is proposing to lay a pipeline from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh to Haldia in West Bengal, which will cover 400 km in Orissa. Similarly, ONGC is planning a pipeline from Surat to Paradip, which will cover 400 km in the state.