BPCL Awaits Green Signal for Numaligarh Refinery Expansion

BPCL Awaits Green Signal for Numaligarh Refinery Expansion where the State-owned Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) has sought the government’s nod for threefold expansion of its Numaligarh refinery. Based in the state of the northeast the capacity has increased from 3 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to 9 mtpa at a cost of ₹22,000 crore. The company has sought capital subsidy and excise concession from the government for the refinery project. The double-digit rise in fuel consumption in the northeast, one of the highest in the country, has propelled this expansion.

Numaligarh refinery is awaiting the government’s approval for some incentive project cost that is around ₹22,000 crore where northeast is strategic for the government. The company also plans to export products to Bangladesh, Nepal, and Myanmar with the refinery expansion. Numaligarh refinery is pursuing plans to lay a 135-km petroleum product pipeline from its terminal at Siliguri in West Bengal to Parbatipur in Bangladesh.

Through mutually beneficial association pipeline to Bangladesh, it plans to export the products to Bangladesh through this pipeline, as Bangladesh will be a big market besides catering to the northeast, where demand in growing in double digits. The company plans to procure crude from Paradip in Odisha, where IOCL has a refinery.

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