India’s first oil pipeline celebrates 30th anniversary

September 6th, 2008 - 8:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Jamnagar (Gujarat), Sep 6 (IANS) India’s first oil pipeline to transport indigenous and imported crude to refineries has celebrated its 30th anniversary in Vadinar of Jamnagar district in Gujarat. The Salaya-Mathura Pipeline (SMPL) was built Sep 5, 1978 to transport imported as well as indigenous crude oil to two Indian Oil Corp (IOC) refineries in Gujarat and Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. It was later extended to the Panipat Refinery in Haryana.

“This small Vadinar village has come onto international maritime map after the country’s first single point mooring system was built here in 1978,” Indian Oil Corp chairman Sarthak Behuria said at Friday’s anniversary function.

The SMPL system that began in Vadinar is today handling 60 percent of the crude transportation in the western region.

“Today, the western region pipeline division (WRPL) is a criss-crossing mesh of crude and product pipelines that traverse arid terrains through Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and is set to enter Madhya Pradesh soon through the upcoming Koyali-Ratlam pipeline,” Behuria said.

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