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Essar Oil to invest $250 mn to expand refining capacity in UK

Firm aiming to set up 400 petrol pumps in 5 yrs

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Essar Oil

(UK) Ltd, which owns and operates UK's Refinery, on Wednesday said it will invest $250 million in expanding the refining capacity and is targeting 400 petrol pumps in in 5-years.

The in revamp of certain units of the refinery would help cut down on processing cost, improve product slate and lead to marginal increase in capacity, chief executive S Thangapandian said.

Refinery capacity would increase from 9.09 million tonnes per annum to 9.7 million tonnes by March 2018, he said.

Chief Financial Officer P Sampath said the revamp would add $1 to refining margin, translating into $70-75 million

"The project will deliver enhanced yields of high-value products, reduce crude costs and drive growth," Thangapandian said.

The company reported a 17 per cent drop in March quarter net profit to $54 million, mainly because of one-time adjustment.

The company earned $9.2 on turning every barrel of into fuel in the January-March period as compared to $6.8 a barrel current price gross refining margin (CP-GRM).

was up 39.5 per cent to $1.32 billion.

For the full year, the company reported a net profit of $168 million on a of $4.92 billion.

The firm, controlled by Ruia-family of Mumbai that sold to Russia's for $12.9 billion, now has a net worth of $981 million.

He said the company has 39 petrol pumps in currently and has permission to set up another 14. "Our long term target is to have 400 outlets in five years," he added.

The company has also entered into the direct aviation fuel supply market, selling the fuel produced at to major airlines such as Emirates, Etihad, Jet2.Com and Oman Air.

These direct sales presently make up for 10 per cent of the 1.2 million tonnes of jet fuel produced at Going forward, the company is looking to scale up the sales to 40- 50 per cent, he said.

non-executive chairman said: "The major we have confirmed in will materially increase throughput and further grow revenues, building on the tremendous progress we have made in turning around the business over the past six years".

Sampath said with a strong financial base and key improvement projects set to be completed this fiscal, the firm is looking to continued growth with an increased commercial focus.

has invested over $800 million since acquiring in July 2011.

First Published: Wed, September 06 2017. 16:31 IST