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New terminal to be set up at Bhubaneswar Airport

December 31, 2009 Leave a comment

The construction work of the new domestic terminal of the Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, is likely to begin soon.

The new terminal to be set up at a cost of Rs 144 crore is likely to have a capacity to handle 800 passengers, which includes 400 incoming and 400 outgoing passengers. Once the construction of the new domestic terminal is completed, this will be converted to international terminal.

Meanwhile, Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Orissa, inaugurated a new parking lot at Biju Patnaik airport on 28 December 2009.

HCC bags Hindalco order for Lapanga project

December 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) bagged an order worth Rs 108.73 crore from Hindalco Industries, Orissa, for pot shell fabrication works for greenfield smelter project at Lapanga, Sambalpur, Orissa.

The order is to be completed in 19 months from the date of issue of this order.

IOT to develop crude oil terminal at Paradip

December 31, 2009 3 comments

A consortium of IOT Infrastructure & Energy Services (IOT) and Oiltanking GmbH, Germany, (OT) has bagged an order for development of crude/product tankages facilities at Paradip refinery project in Orissa on BOOT basis by Indian Oil Corporation (IOC). The total project cost is estimated at around Rs 3,000 crore.

IVRCL Infrastructures & Projects is expected to be the JV partner in the SPV called IOT Utkal Energy Services, which has been set up for the implementation of the project.

IOT/OT is to have an equity stake of 62.5 per cent in the SPV and IVRCL through its subsidiary will get 37.5 per cent stake.

The project involves installation, operation and maintenance of nearly 1.4 million tankages for crude oil, petroleum products, LPG and sulphur and associated facilities at Paradip refinery which is expected to go on-stream, during 2012. The concession period is to be 15 years after commissioning.

Around 160 companies bid for the AIIMS-type institutes

December 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Indian Express reports, there is an unprecedented response for tenders for the construction of new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-type medical institutions in Patna, Raipur, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur and Rishikesh.

Sources in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare says around 160 construction companies joined the bidding making it more competitive.

Thanks to the incentive package, if the construction of the institute is completed within the stipulated time or little in advance of the scheduled time, the company would get benefit of Rs 10 crore at one stroke. As per the detailed project report, construction cost of each institution, which comprises the medical colleges and the hospital, is around Rs 300 crore and for the all the six institutes, the cost would be around Rs 1800 crore.

Orissa plans to upgrade 250 km of roadways

December 29, 2009 Leave a comment

The Orissa Government is planning to develop about 250 kms of roads in Malkangiri, Raygada, Ganjam, Koraput and Sambalpur districts. These road projects are likely to involve an estimated expenditure of Rs 400 crore.

The Union Government has agreed to provide the funds for five to six road projects in those affected areas and out of it, it has approved three. The roads which have been sanctioned are Samasingha (Sinduraparua)-Sambalpur, Parlakhemundi-Mohana via R Udayagiri and Gunupur-Andhra border via Kashipur. The Works Department of Orissa has sent the DPR for these roads to the Union Government. Work on these projects is likely to start after 3-4 months after the tender process is over.

Meanwhile, a team of the World Bank officials have visited the new road sites being taken up under Orissa State Road Project (OSRP). These stretches are construction of the 68-km Bhawanipatna-Khariar road, 95 km long Chandbali-Bhadrakh-Anandapur road and 41 km Berhampur-Taptapani road. After some delay in those projects, the works have finally taken off.

Under Phase I of OSRP, construction of 204 kms of roads is proposed to be constructed. Similarly, construction of 257 kms of road is likely to be taken up in the second phase of OSRP. This includes Taptapani-Raipanka road (68 km), Raipanka-JK Pur (83km) and Jagatpur-Chandabali (106 km).

Phase II expansion of Gopalpur port to be delayed

December 24, 2009 Leave a comment

The Phase II expansion of the Gopalpur port in Ganjam district is likely to be delayed by a year following the delay in receiving clearances from the Union MoEF.

The expansion entailing an estimated investment of Rs 950 crore, has not got the MoEF nod despite the request made to the ministry by the Orissa Government following the recommendation of the Orissa State Coastal Zone Management Authority.

The delay in the environmental clearance is attributed to the protests from the wildlife activists and environmentalists who fear that the port expansion will impact the Olive Ridley turtles which congregate every year at the Rushikulya river mouth, about 40 km from the port.

The Phase II expansion aims to raise the port’s capacity to 20 million tpa and was scheduled to be commissioned in 2011. A consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India, with others like Punjab National Bank, Bank of India, and Allahabad Bank is likely to fund the expansion.

Orissa planning biomass power projects

December 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Shali Vahana Green Energy is setting up a 20 MW rice husk based power plant at Nimidha village in Dhenkanal district of Orissa.

The company is one of the eight developers who have signed MoU with the Orissa Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA), the nodal agency to promote renewable energy in the state, for bio-mass based power projects with aggregate production capacity of 90 MW.

So far, the company has completed more than half of the construction work and currently, the construction of the boiler is underway. The Orissa Government hopes to get the power generated from this plant by July 2010.

The other developers who have signed MoU are Satya Bio-Power Industry is likely to set up a 10 MW plant in Ganjam, AVN Power Projects setting up a 10 MW power plant in Kalahandi district and Prasad Bio-Energy planning a 10 MW unit in Raygada.

While Jaylaxmi Bio-Energy intends to set up a 10 MW plant in Nayagarh, another plant of similar capacity by Andhavarapu Bio-Energy is expected to be set up in Nawarangpur.

Besides, the State Technical Committee has approved the setting up of two more such projects with a combined generation capacity of 39 MW. This is expected to take the envisaged generation capacity in the bio-mass sector of the state to 129 MW.

Apollo to open hospital in Bhubaneshwar by January

December 21, 2009 2 comments

Apollo Hospitals is setting up a 300-bed multi-specialty hospital in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, which is expected to become functional by January 2010.

The company has spent Rs 120 crore on the hospital which is spread over seven acre. The hospital is to have 33 critical beds including neonatal intensive care units, five operation theatres including one dedicated to obstetrics and gynaecology and eight dialysis beds.

The company is likely to expand the hospital into a 500-bed one in the future.

According to sources, the company also plans to set up the Apollo Knowledge Health City spread over 100 acre. However, the location and other details for this project are yet to be worked out.

Orissa plans modern bus terminals

December 21, 2009 35 comments

The Department of Commerce & Transport, Orissa, has invited RFPs from eligible companies for developing modern bus terminals along with commercial facilities (malls, offices, food courts etc) at Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Dhenkanal, and Angul on PPP basis.

The selected developer’s scope of work envisages designing, financing, constructing, operating and maintaining the terminal till end of concession period. The company will have to collect entry and parking fee from buses. It will be responsible to design, construct, finance and market the commercial facilities as well.

IL&FS Infrastructure Development Corporation is the project development advisor.
Orissa plans modern bus terminals

JICA to provide loan for Rengali Left Bank Canal

December 20, 2009 Leave a comment

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is expected to provide Rs 150 crore additional loan assistance to the Orissa government for completion of the Rengali Left Bank Canal.

JICA has already sanctioned Rs 474 crore for the project. Out of the total length of 141 km, the work on 71 km could be completed with Rs 150-crore assistance from the bank.

The 71 km canal could provide irrigation facilities to 29,000 ha, however, work has been completed only on a portion of it which can irrigate 16,000 ha.

The entire project is expected to irrigate 1,14,000 ha when fully completed.

OPTCL plans major investment on power infrastructure

December 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Orissa Power Transmission Corporation (OPTCL) is expected to infuse Rs 2,000 crore on projects for improvement of the power infrastructure in the state on a priority basis in next three years.

The consultants of Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) and Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) may be roped in for preparation of DPR for such works.

PGCIL and REC are exploring various options of raising funds for the purpose. Also, it is mulling on a possibility of adopting the PPP model for investment in the transmission sector.

IOC to develop Paradip Refinery on BOOT basis

December 11, 2009 1 comment

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has decided to take up BOOT model for setting up its Paradip refinery in Orissa and has therefore decreased the cost of the Rs 29,777-crore project by around Rs 5,000 crore.

IOC has outsourced work for its nitrogen and hydrogen units, crude and product tankages and water line to different companies.

IOC is setting up a 15-million tonne refinery which is expected to go on-stream by end-2012.

The nitrogen and hydrogen units are being constructed by US based Praxair. The company is to build a hydrogen plant with a capacity of 90 million standard cubic ft a day and a nitrogen plant of 500 tpd capacity.

The crude and product tankages are likely to be constructed by IOT Infrastructure & Energy Services, a JV company of IOC and Oiltanking GmbH. These companies will operate the units for 15 years.

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