Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the construction of 130-kilometer long Bangladesh-India Friendship pipeline from Siliguri to Parbatipur for the import of fuel oil, through which a new chapter in the cooperation of the two countries in the energy sector started. On Tuesday afternoon Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the construction work of the project through a video conference from Dhaka’s Ganobhaban and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Delhi. Besides, the third and fourth Dualgaz line of the Dhaka-Tongi section of Bangladesh Railway and Indian Railway
In the Tongi-Joydevpur section, the construction of the DualGage Double Line was also inaugurated.
With the ‘Bangladesh-India Friendship Pipeline’, fuel oil will be supplied from Numaligarh oil refinery at Siliguri in Assam state of India, Parbatipur Depot of Dinajpur district. Bdnews24
The pipe line has read 125 kilometers in Bangladesh, and the rest of the 5 km is in the Indian part. This 22-inch diameter pipeline will supply 10 million metric tons of oil annually. However, if the pipeline becomes lifelong, initially 2.5 million metric tons of diesel will be supplied from India in the year. In phases, it will be upgraded to four lakh metric tons.
Under the Grand Aid program of India, it will be provided Rs. 303 crores to implement the project worth Tk. Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (Bapex) will provide Tk 150 crore. Bangladesh started importing diesel through rail wagons in March 2016 After the pipeline, the transportation costs and the time will save both oil.