India Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline via video-conference tomorrow. This is the first cross-border energy pipeline between the two countries. An estimated cost of Rs 377 crore has come on this. India has assisted in the grant of a pipeline built at a cost of about Rs 285 crore in the Bangladesh part.
Cooperation in energy security between the two countries
The pipeline has the capacity to transport one million metric tonnes per annum of high-speed diesel. It will initially supply seven districts in northern Bangladesh. The operation of the Maitree pipeline will further enhance cooperation in energy security between the two countries.
what is project ?
This is the first cross-border energy pipeline between the two countries. Its cost has come to around Rs 377 crore. India has given grant assistance of Rs 285 crore to the pipeline constructed in Bangladesh’s part. The pipeline has the capacity to transport 10 lakh metric tonnes of High Speed Diesel (HSD) per annum. The length of this pipeline is 130 km and most of it about 125 km is in Bangladesh. Only five kilometers is in the part of India.
- The India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline Project (IBFPP) aims to connect Siliguri in West Bengal, India with Parbatipur in Dinajpur district of Bangladesh.
- The total outlay of this project is Rs 346 crore.
- The capacity of this 130 km pipeline under construction will be 10 lakh metric per year.
- Construction of the pipeline began after a formal opening in March 2020.
- The project is being jointly implemented by Numaligarh Refinery Limited of India and Meghna Petroleum Limited of Bangladesh.
- Initially, Bangladesh will buy around 2.5 lakh tonnes of diesel. It will be increased to 4 to 5 lakh tonnes in subsequent years.
- Under this contract, Bangladesh will import diesel for 15 years from the day the supplies start.
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