The Centre has given green signal to MRPL for upgrading its existing facilities in Karnataka to produce and supply fuel as per BS VI specification, which would entail an investment of Rs 1,810 crore. Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL), a subsidiary of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, has a refinery in Mangalore with a capacity to process 14 million tonnes per annum crude oil. "Based on the proposal and considering the recommendation of the Expert Appraisal Committee (Industry-2), the Ministry of Environment hereby accords Environmental Clearance to the (MRPL) project," said a letter written to the company. The clearance is subject to certain conditions.
The estimated cost of the project is Rs 1,810 crore, it added. MRPL has proposed upgradation of its facility in order to comply with the government's policy on auto fuels for the supply of BS VI fuel to the stakeholders from April 2020. As per the proposal, the company will set up three new units and revamp the existing facilities suitably to improve the fuel quality (BS VI) and quantity with minimum resources and energy. Along with these three new refining units, the company said that the processed products like Naphtha will be stored in storage tanks and a pipeline will be laid-down to transfer BS VI quality HSD (diesel) fuel to the jetty. MRPL has three primary distillation units, various secondary processing facilities, treating units and utilities at Mangalore.
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