Under the first stage of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve project, underground rock caverns for total storage of 5.33 MMT of crude oil at three locations — Visakhapatnam (1.33 MMT), Mangalore (1.5 MMT) and Padur (2.5 MMT) have been commissioned. The facility at Visakhapatnam, deep in the bowels of the earth, in underground rock caverns connected by tunnels extending over 7 km under the hills around Andhra Pradesh’s biggest city, has already been filled up while nearly a quarter of the Mangalore storage facility has also been filled. The storage facility at Padur has also been completed and commissioning is expected shortly. The total approved expenditure for the entire project is Rs 4,098.35 crore, of which 3,552.59 has already been disbursed till the end of October, officials indicated.
- Underground storage facilities at Visakhapatnam has already been filled up
- Nearly a quarter of the Mangalore storage facility has also been filled
- Underground Storage facility at Padur has also been completed and commissioning is expected shortly