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Essar Oil expands India refining capacity by 11%

06.05.2012  | 

Essar Oil has raised capacity at its Vadinar refinery in the western Indian state of Gujarat by 11% to 400,000 bpd. Essar said the share of heavy and ultra-heavy crude in the total crude it processes will go up to 80%.



NEW DELHI -- Essar Oil on Tuesday said it has raised the capacity of its lone refinery, at Vadinar in the western Indian state of Gujarat, by 11% to 400,000 bpd.

The Mumbai-based company said the expanded capacity will allow it process heavier crude, which will help it improve refining margins.

Essar Oil said the share of heavy and ultra-heavy crude in the total crude it processes will go up to 80%.

The company already has long-term crude-sourcing contracts with global suppliers, including several companies in Latin America.

The unit of London-listed Essar Energy said it is targeting markets like Australia, New Zealand and north-west Europe, in addition to countries in the Indian subcontinent, to export fuel products.

Dow Jones Newswires

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