Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu recently requested the authorities of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) to set up a refinery plant in Krishna district with its headquarters at Machilipatnam.
A delegation from the ONGC and the GAIL which met Naidu here said a proposal was under their consideration to establish an LPG plant at Nagayalanka in Krishna district.
Appraising the CM of the progress of works relating to gas pipeline works, the team of officials said out of the targeted 933 kilometres of gas pipeline installations, currently works are in progress in a stretch of 617 kilometres. The works in the remaining 316 kilometres stretch will take off soon.
Four more gas `dehydration' units will be established in Kesanapalli, Endamuru and Tatepaka in addition to the existing ones at Pasalapuri, Mori, Narasapuram, Mandapeda and Gopavaram, they explained.
Explaining the safety measures, the officials apprised the Chief Minister that controlling of the main pipeline valve with a remote will be introduced soon while maintaining that leak detection system is already in place. Exploration works are in progress in 67 oil wells and 196 natural gas wells in Godavari and Krishna Districts.
The Chief Minister sought cooperation from the ONGC and the GAIL in establishing a Petroleum University in Vishakhapatnam and in the upcoming universities in sectors like energy, water, logistics, hospitality and sports.
Keeping in mind the recent gas leakages in the pipeline in the Godavari districts, the Chief Minister instructed the officials to take all adequate safety measures by harnessing the modern technology.
The meeting was attended by GAIL ED, M. V Aacharya, Chief Manager CHVNK .Kannarao, CNGC ED, D. Sanyal, GGM T.S Rao, GM Satish Kumar, DGM S.S Reddy, DGM( Production), A.V.S.S. Dutta and other officials.