Kochi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hailed the Centre’s flagship project Ujjwala scheme and said that since May 2016, nearly 6 crore LPG connections have been provided to the poorest of poor under the scheme while over 1 crore consumers have given up LPG subsidies under the ‘Give it up’ initiative.

PM Modi also said that the government has decided to reduce crude oil imports by 10 per cent to save foreign exchange.

“Government is promoting use of environment friendly transport fuel i.e. CNG by expanding coverage of City Gas Distribution (CGD) network in country. After successful completion of 10th CGD Bidding Round over 400 districts of country will be connected for providing piped gas supply,” he said.

He also hailed BPCL Kochi refinery’s contribution to the nation building. “It is heartening to note that last August, when Kerala was passing through the worst floods in a 100 years, one great sigh of relief for us was that BPCL Kochi Refinery was kept running against all odds,” he said.

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Earlier, PM Modi dedicated to the nation an integrated refinery expansion complex of the public sector Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited at the Kochi Refinery.

He also laid the foundation stone for a petrochemical complex at the refinery and a skill development institute at Ettumanoor besides inaugurating a mounded storage vessel at the LPG bottling plant of the Indian Oil Corporation Limited here.

The integrated refinery is a modern expansion complex and would transform the Kochi Refinery as the largest PSU refinery in the country with world class standards.
It is equipped for production of cleaner fuels.

It will double the production of LPG and diesel and commence production of feedstock for petrochemical projects in the plant.

Mounded Storage Vessel, IOCL LPG Bottling Plant, inaugurated by Modi has a total storage capacity of 4350 MT.

Storage capacity at the plant was enhanced to meet the LPG requirement of nearly six days bottling capacity of the plant.

It is considered the safest storage vessel ensuring highest level of safety for plant and adjacent areas.

LPG receipt through pipeline will bring down movement of LPG tankers on roads.

Petrochemical complex, BPCL Kochi refinery is a Make in India initiative aimed at reducing dependence on imports.

The skill development institute at Ettumanoor backed by the Ministry of Petrochemical and Natural Gas will provide vocational training and enhance employability and entrepreneurship for deserving youth both in oil & gas and other industries.

This world class institute was being set up at an eight acre campus allocated by the state government and would have a capacity to skill around 1,000 youths annually in 20 different skills.