Nepal, China to sign deal for 3 oil depots; one aviation fuel depot for GBIA

Posted on by S Karki

An agreement on installing oil storage depots at three locations in Nepal under the Chinese assistance is expected to be signed during Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s visit to China next week.

Three locations for the depot are specified as Bhairahawa, Gorkha bordering Anbukhaireni of Tanahun and Battar area of Nuwakot with combined storage capacity of 110,000kl.

The aviation turbine fuel storage capacity in aim of facilitating under-construction Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) at Bhairahawa will hold 10,000kl capacity.

The completion date of GBIA project is declared 2019 so, the site for depot has been specified. For the construction of fuel depot, land acquisition has been proposed at Rs 35 lakh per kattha.

As per the information, it has been planned to construct 7 to 10 thousands kiloliters capacity of fuel depot at the airport. For this purpose, the project authority has forwarded agreement with acquisition of 7 bigha land to construct depot near to the airport.

At present, 200 average workers have been deployed at the project out of which 70 are Chinese workers. The major infrastructural work related to international terminal building, administration building, control tower, runway and apron is under way and 42 per cent of physical progress has been achieved till now.

The airport is flourished at 787 bighas of land that is equal to 10,500 ropanis that will be the better alternative for Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).

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