Nepal Oil Corporation in LPG study tour to Japan
Representatives of the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) have visited Japan to look at how it handles LPG storage and earthquakes.
After a few Japanese companies expressed interest to construct LPG storage plants for Nepal, a high-level team of NOC led by its managing director Gopal Bahadur Khadka has left for Japan.
NOC is mulling over using Japanese technology to develop LPG storage facilities especially because both countries are prone to earthquakes and other natural disasters.
Sitaram Pokharel, a spokesperson for NOC, said: “The NOC team is scheduled to visit different LPG companies in Japan and study the technology used by Japanese oil companies for storage of petroleum products, including LPG storage.
“As Nepal too is prone to earthquakes and other natural calamities, Japanese technology used in LPG storage can best suit Nepal.”
NOC has been prioritising increasing the storage capacity of LPG and other petroleum products to ensure their easy supply. It wants to develop LPG storage facilities in Dhanusha, Jhapa, Kavre and Nawalparasi districts and has started the land acquisition process.
Cosmos Engineering Co (CEC) Ltd, a Japanese company, had proposed an LPG storage facilities project in Nepal in March. However, the government is yet to give a go-ahead to this project.
Under this project, the Japanese company offered technical support and expertise to Nepal to develop high-tech LPG storage plants.