ONGC, BPCL soon to sign an MoU for putting up LNG terminal at Mangalore

ONGC, Six years after the $1 billion project was put in cold storage, state-owned Oil & Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) will by this month-end revive plans to set up a liquid gas (LNG) import terminal near its Mangalore refinery in Karnataka. “In next 10 to 15 days, ONGC and Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) will sign an MoU for putting up a LNG terminal at Mangalore,” Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily announced at the inauguration of state gas utility GAIL India Ltd’s Dabhol-Bangalore gas pipeline.

Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) does not have single scientifically approved landfill site considering that it generates 60 per cent of solid waste in municipal bodies across State, as per Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) statistics.

KSPCB distributed these statistics on pamphlets to citizens at BBMP sponsored — Wake Up Clean Up expo. The KSPCB said, as on date, only six municipal bodies have been identified as having scientifically approved landfill site. This excludes BBMP. The six are: Mangalore Municipal Corporation (along with Town Panchayat of Ullal), City Municipal Corporation (CMC) of Karwar, CMC Udupi, Town Municipal Corporation (TMC) Puttur and Town Panchayat of Ankola.

The Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) and Canara Plastic Manufacturers and Traders Association have come together for an environmental cause.

Mangalore City Corporation Commissioner Harish Kumar K. said on Thursday that the officials lacked the morale to implement the ban on plastic that was imposed with much fanfare on November 15.

When it was pointed out during a “meet-the-press” programme here that the ban was not even being implemented in malls, Mr. Kumar attributed it to the squads being diverted to Kukke Subramanya but later said that a complaint lodged against officials that stated plastics had been “robbed” by them after a raid had affected the morale of the officials. A case was pending in the Karnataka High Court regarding the ban, he said.

Vaman Acharya, Chairman of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), said on Thursday that the KSPCB had named Mangalore and Bhadravati as “critically polluted” cities in the State.

He was inaugurating a three-day international conference on “Environment and occupation health” organised by Manipal University, the National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH), Ahmedabad, and the Regional Occupational Health Centre (ROHC), Bangalore, here.

The 879-km Phase-II pipeline to Mangalore and Bangalore in Karnataka is under implementation and “the actual physical progress of the project is 64.1 per cent”

State-owned GAIL India Ltd has completed the first phase of pipeline that will connect the upcoming LNG import facility at Kochi to consumers in Karnataka and Kerala.

In the backdrop of receiving complaints by the general public over the dumping of waste at Modapadavu, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (Mangalore) has issued a show cause notice to Mangalore Refineries and Petro-chemicals Ltd on December 6.

The show cause notice has been served for non-compliance of consent conditions and violation of the Water and Air Acts of the Environment Protection Act 1986.

The Mangalore City Corporation has decided to give a new year gift to the residents by collecting the garbage from their doorsteps.

The wait for the east coast to have a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal might get longer, with Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) and Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd (ONGC), the two state-run companies that had proposed to jointly develop a terminal in Mangalore, putting the plan on hold.

Senior executives in both companies say how far the two partners could sell the fuel in the domestic market is under doubt. Given that the Dabhol and Kochi terminals will be commissioned next year, Mangalore will be well-connected by pipelines, said a senior BPCL executive, who requested anonymity.

Mangalore City Corporation has decided to ban the use of plastics in the city.