DIBRUGARH, April 11 � Even as the mega gas cracker project at Lepetkata went past eight years on Thursday, after the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had laid the foundation stone at the site on April 9, 2007, the authorities of the joint venture project said pre-commissioning of various plants of the project is nearing its completion and the petrochemical project, officially named, �Brahmaputra Cracker & Polymer Limited (BCPL)� is expected to be fully commissioned in June next.
The BCPL authorities told The Assam Tribune that the much-awaited petrochemical complex would be operational from June next. �We are targeting commissioning by June, 2015. Pre-commissioning activities in different units are in progress. Steam has been made available to various units from Captive Power Plants (CPP) for steam blowing activities which is a part of pre-commissioning jobs,� the BCPL management said when asked about the progress.
The overall physical progress achieved as on March 15, 2015 is 99.5% and overall construction progress achieved is 98.7%. The financial progress achieved is Rs. 8318 crore i.e 93.25%. Notwithstanding this, some of the milestones achieved include commissioning of Rich Gas and Lean Gas pipelines from Duliajan to Lepetkata and back Duliajan, one stream of Captive Power Plant, Fuel gas header, Flare system, Fire Water system, Plant Air, Instrument air and Nitrogen Plant, Cooling Tower-1 and 2, Raw Water Treatment Plant and DM Water Plant, the authorities informed.
The actual construction work of the ongoing project which entered the ninth year on Friday after the foundation stone was laid, started in 2009. It may be recalled that the gas project initially proposed to be set up at Wilton, 22 km from here, was inaugurated on November 24, 1995 by the then Prime Minister, late PV Narasimha Rao.