Indian state-run refiners propose grassroots refining complex

Public-sector refining firms Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (BPCL), and Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL) are planning a joint investment for construction of a grassroots megarefinery to be built along the coast of India’s Maharashtra state.

The proposed 60 million-tonne/year refinery would be built in two phases and, once completed, produce gasoline, diesel, LPG, and jet fuel, as well as other feedstock for Maharashtra’s petrochemical industry, India’s Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MPNG) Shri Dharmendra Pradhan said in a series of posts to his official social media web sites.

Phase 1 of the refinery would include a crude processing capacity of 40 million tpy, with an additional 20 million tpy of capacity to be commissioned following completion of Phase 2.

To expedite the project, MPNG and the government of Maharashtra have agreed to work closely in early identification of land for the refinery, as well in finalizing other details of the project, Pradhan said.

IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, and project partner Engineers India Ltd., however, have yet to disclose full details regarding the overall estimated cost of the project or tentative timelines for its construction and startup.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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