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Gopalpur Port in Odissa to set up an LNG terminal

The Gopalpur Port Limited (GPL) in Odisha has planned to set up a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal and an investment of Rs 2,000 crore for setting up fertilizer and petrochemical industry according to port sources.

An edible oil refinery is also on cards

Similarly, an edible oil refinery is also on cards, the sources said.

Recently, the top management team of Gopalpur Port briefed officials of the Odissa government about the ongoing activities of the port and future investment on industrialisation in the periphery of Gopalpur Port.

As the issue of capping on transportation of iron ores to the Gopalpur port came up during the discussion, the state officials told the port authorities that artificial capping  should stop.

While no restrictions for Visakhapatnam and Gangavaram ports, there is restriction for Gopalpur Port

The Port officials pointed out that while there are no restrictions on the loading of trucks from Mines of Odissa for Vishakhapatnam and Gangavaram Ports in Andhra Pradesh, there is a restriction on loading for Gopalpur Port.

As a result, the exporters from Odissa are facing a tough time and stiff competition and there will be a huge loss of foreign exchange earnings to the nation

The Port officials were told to take up the issue with the Department of Steel and Mines in this regard.

While GPL requires 1,200 acres of land for its expansion projects, 393 acres have been allotted to them so far. The port authorities have requested for another 800 acres. The Revenue Department has recently forwarded 119 acres in favour of GPL, officials informed.

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