Paradip Port: Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. (NRL), Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) and Paradip Port Trust (PPT) entered into a tripartite MoU to reuse the dredged materials. The dredged material, for the first time will used for land reclamation of the Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) storage terminal at Paradip.

The proposed reclaimed 200 acres of land would be allotted to NRL for setting up its Crude Oil import terminal (COIT) at Paradip Port.

 The MoU was signed on Wednesday at Paradip amongst Capt. A K Mahapatra; Dy. Conservator PPT, CGM DCI- Capt S Divakar and DGM (Projects Pipeline) NRL – A J Phukan in presence of Rinkesh Roy, chairman PPT, MD NRL – S K Barua & MD DCI- Rajesh Tripathi  and other senior officials from all the three organizations.

The Terminal is being set up as part of NRL’s  integrated Refinery Expansion project that is being implemented at an estimated cost of more that Rs. 22 thousand Crore. The mega project envisages amongst others, import of Crude Oil at Paradip port and laying of pipeline to Numaligarh to transport the same.  Project  activities have gathered pace after receipt of  Environmental Clearance  in the month of July 2020.

DCI shall start the dredging activity from mid-November 2020 and is expected to complete the reclamation work of COIT plot within a period of 7 months.

Union shipping minister Mansukh Mandavyia said this is a unique initiative being taken by DCI with PPT & NRL.