DHEMAJI, Feb 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the much-hyped Dhemaji Engineering College during a public meeting at Silapathar Sitalmari (Piiyang) in Dhemaji district.
PM Modi also virtually inaugurated three petroleum projects and also laid the foundation stone of Sualkuchi Engineering College from the venue.
The projects in the oil sector include IOCL (India Oil Corporation Ltd)-INDMAX unit at Bongaigaon Refinery, Oil India Limited’s (OIL) Secondary Tank Farm at Madhuban, Dibrugarh and a Gas Compressor Station at Hebeda village in Makum of Tinsukia district.
The new INDMAX unit set up at an investment of Rs 2600 crore at Indian Oil’s Bongaigaon Refinery leverages the technology developed indigenously by Indian Oil-R&D to produce a higher LPG and high-Octane Gasoline yield from heavy feedstocks.
The design capacity of the INDMAX Unit at Bongaigaon Refinery is 0.74 MMTPA, and it is expected that it will increase the Refinery’s Crude Processing capacity from 2.35 MMTPA to 2.7 MMTPA.
The Secondary Tank Farm (STF) is built for the storage of crude oil and the separation of formation water from wet crude oil. STF is planned for the safe storage of 40,000 Kilo Litres (KL) of crude oil.
The project will also have a Dehydration unit with an operating capacity of 10,000 Kilo Litres per day and will also provide additional storage to increase production of crude oil.
Thus, the Gas Compressor Station at Makum in Tinsukia district is a major leap towards the nation’s energy security as it will increase the nation’s crude oil production capacity by nearly 16,500 Metric Tonne (MT) per annum.
Addressing a huge public gathering, PM Modi said the NDA government in the Centre is taking development of the northeastern region on priority, which was kept neglected during the Congress regime. He hoped that the petro-chemical projects will bring massive development in the region, while it will create employment avenues to local unemployed youths.
Speaking about the engineering colleges, Modi said Dhemaji Engineering Colleges in Assam will promote technical skills of the local youths and enable them to boost production for economic enhancement.
The Dhemaji Engineering College has been built on a plot of 276 bighas of land at a cost of Rs 44.98 crore.
The prime minister said that the Central government is taking up schemes to help the poor farmers to increase production in agriculture & allied sectors.