Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) is setting up an oil terminal in Ennore, southeast India, at a cost of Rs.2240 million ( 32 million), as part of a decision to relocate its facility from Tondiarpet, north Chennai.
Work has begun on the project, for which the company has acquired 100 acres. One of the main reasons behind the relocation is the emphasis on improved safety for oil installations. The terminal should be ready for commissioning in a little over a year.
The nearly 75-year-old terminal in Tondiarpet is located on 16 acres in a congested area. Hundreds of tanker-trucks transport several kilolitres (kl) of petroleum products daily from the terminal on narrow and crowded roads. A fire at the lube plant in February this year was the immediate provocation for the relocation.
The new terminal in Ennore will have a capacity of 40,000kl of petrol, 60,000kl of diesel and 20,000kl each of kerosene and aviation turbine fuel. The total capacity of the Tondiarpet terminal is just 32,000kl. HPCL plans to lay a pipeline from the Ennore port and Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd to the new terminal, enabling the company to bring products from other refineries.