India-Nepal oil pipeline inaugurated

State-owned Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. and Nepal Oil Corp. have inaugurated the first pipeline to carry Indian oil products across an international border.

State-owned Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. and Nepal Oil Corp. have inaugurated the first pipeline to carry Indian oil products across an international border.

IOCL built the 69-km, 10.75-in. pipeline between Motihari, near its 125,000-b/d Barauni refinery, and NOC’s depot at Amlekhgunj.

The pipeline replaces often-disrupted truck transport of gasoline, diesel, LPG, and aviation fuel. It is expected to ease road congestion at the border and at IOCL’s Raxaul depot in Bihar.

Design throughput of the pipeline is 2 million tonnes/year of product. Of the total length, 32.7 km is in India, and 36.2 km is in Nepal.

The project included a revamp of the Aklekhganj depot.

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