NGT gives environmental clearance to oil refinery in Barmer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will likely visit Rajasthan next year to lay the foundation stone.

| October 10, 2017 | Last Updated:
October 10, 2017 8:55 pm

Jaipur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will likely visit Rajasthan next year to lay the foundation stone of the country’s biggest 9-tonne refinery to be set up at Pachpadra in Barmer. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had recently given environmental clearance to this mega project. Last month the construction of its boundary wall began in an area of 4,500 acres of land. Other works of the refinery are expected to start soon and the project is likely to be completed in 4 years time.

Pachadra is located about 100 km from Jodhpur hence the city will benefit from this project in a major way. HPCL and government of Rajasthan’s joint venture HRRL (HPCL Refinery Limited) are responsible for making the refinery. The tender process has also been completed for this project.

The security arrangements have been made for the boundary wall HPCL has asked for 625 bighas of land for marketing and commercial operation. The allotment process for this been started and documents have already been sent to the state government. For other requirements, structure, water, power, road etc, different officers have been given necessary orders to ensure that this project is carried out smoothly.

Reportedly, HPCL has 74% and state government has 26% stake in this important project for the state. A Refinery-cum petrochemical complex is likely to be ready by 2021. HPCL refinery in Vishakapatanam has 8.3 million tonnes, the one at Mumbai has a capacity of 7.5million tonne per annum while Rajasthan has 9 million tonnes per annum thereby this will be the biggest refinery.

BS 6 standard diesel will be produced here and Rs 43,000 crore will be spent on the refinery. In the next five years, HPCL will invest Rs 61,000 crore so that capacity of the refinery could be increased to 50 million tonnes, which will make it the second oil refinery after Indian Oil in the country to do so.

BS 6 standard diesel will be produced here and Rs 43,000 crore will be spent on the refinery. In the next five years, HPCL will invest Rs 61,000 crore so that capacity of the refinery could be increased to 50 million tonnes, which will be the second oil refinery after Indian Oil in the country.

The crude oil for the project will be taken from the Gujarat port. The pipeline for this will cover a distance of 650 kms and take 4 years in the making. More than 15000 workers and engineers are expected to oversee the completion of this project. A township will be created for to ensure their stay. A year after its completion, there will be a fabrication.

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