Indias state run oil company Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL) has opened a cross-country pipeline to pump Euro-II and III grade petrol and diesel and kerosene from the port-city of Mundra in Gujarat to New Delhi.
The 1,054-km Mundra-Delhi pipeline, the nation's longest cross-country oil product pipeline, was built in just 36 months at a cost of Rs 1,757 crore (279.7 million).
The pipeline has a capacity of 5 million tonnes a year, which will be expanded to 6 million tonnes in phase-II. The total line-fill of the pipeline is nearly 160,000 kilolitres.
The pipeline system consists of a storage terminal at Mundra and marketing terminals with truck loading facilities at Palanpur, Ajmer, Jaipur, Rewari and truck as well as rail loading facilities at Bahadurgarh.
The terminal has 76 storage tanks with a combined capacity of 611,000 kilolitres.
After the pipeline, HPCL plans to move oil products through ships from Mumbai and Mangalore refineries to Mundra for transporting them up north. The pipeline would also be used to transport products from Vadinar refinery in Gujarat.
With the completion of this pipeline, HPCL now operates a network of about 2,000-km of product pipelines.