Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board will conduct a public hearing here on October 31 on the proposed expansion of two oil berths of Visakhapatnam Port Trust at a cost of Rs 193.31 crore.
The VPT intends to increase cargo-handling — petroleum, oils and lubricants including POL products — from the present 3.28 million tonne to 9.81 million tonne by modernising and creating new facilities for oil refinery-I and II berths.
The copies of the summary of draft environmental impact assessment of the proposed project is available at the district collector’s office, the offices of GVMC Commissioner, VUDA, Zilla Parishad and AP Pollution Control Board. The hearing will be held in the port area.
The VPT board has approved the project for which the IIT-Chennai has conducted a study and the project will be completed in three years in order to handle three panamax vessels simultaneously.
The port is required to handle more petroleum products in future with the Visakha refinery of the HPCL here launching work on capacity doubling project at a cost of Rs 20,928 crore.
India’s first underground rock cavern built by Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd here at a cost of Rs 1,178 crore to supply crude in case of an emergency has a capacity to store 1.33 million tonne.
It has two chambers, the smallest chamber with a capacity of 0.33 million tonne belongs to the HPCL.