India’s BPCL plans $2.6-billion expansion to Assam refining network
The refinery expansion is expected to cost about $1.41 billion (Rs 8,800 crore), with the remaining investment planned for laying a new pipeline and other related project items.
India's state-run refiner Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) is planning
to boost capacity of its Numaligarh refinery
in Assam's Golaghat
district from 3 million tpy to 9 million tpy at an investment
of $2.66 billion (Rs 16,600 crore), The Times of India
includes a 1,350-km
pipeline to bring in crude from an East Coast port. The refinery expansion
is expected to cost
about $1.41 billion (Rs 8,800 crore), with the remaining
investment planned for laying the pipeline and other related
Company sources said the project
would mark biggest
investment in Assam and also unlock potential for exporting
fuels to India
's eastern region, according
to the report.
Engineers India Ltd. (EIL) was selected to prepare a
feasibility report for the project
and the pipeline.
The present capacity of 3 million tpy of the Numaligarh
refinery is considered too small to ensure efficient
operations, according to company officials.
Though the refinery
is capable of running at
3.3 million tpy, it operates at only 2.5 million tpy due to
short supply of crude from Oil India
Ltd., according to the
A capacity of 9 million tpy, however, would allow BPCL to
produce more products and a higher quality of fuels required
for meeting more stringent vehicle emission norms.