Petroleum Gas units to be set up in NE

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Shillong, Nov 21(UNI) The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has decided to set up a number of new small Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in five North Eastern states, an official source said today.

The proposed bottling plants, to be set up in Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh will be operated by Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL).

GAIL, engaged in supply, distribution and marketing of natural gas, will provide LPG to these bottling plants from the LPG plant at Lakwa in Assam's Sivasagar district.

The Lakwa plant, has a capacity to produce 85,000 tonnes of LPG per annum for meeting the requirements of about 6 lakh domestic LPG consumers. The plant, constructed and operated by GAIL, incurred an investment of about Rs 240 crore.

The oil public sector undertakings, such as Oil&Natural Gas Commission (ONGC), Oil India Limited, GAIL, Numaligarh Refineries Limited and Bongaigaon Refinery&Petrochemicals Limited, under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, have been implementing schemes and projects on commercial considerations and also some socio-economic programmes for the development of the North Eastern region.

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