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India will increase its refining capacity: Pradhan

Press Trust of India  |  Visakhapatnam 

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today said the country will augment its refining capacity to 600 million metric tonnes from the present 230 million metric tones to meet the growing demand.

Addressing the inaugural session of 21st Refinery Technology Meet, Pradhan said his ministry has been emphasising on innovation and strengthening R&D wing.

Stating that Prime Minster Modi wanted 10 per cent cut in the by 2022, the minister said three fourth of the demand would be by 2040.

However, he admitted that there has been gap between, innovation, industry and policy which was hampering the growth.

"But we will forge ahead. not only will increase its production for domestic consumption but also meet the requirement of neighbours Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka," Pradhan said.

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First Published: Thu, April 20 2017. 21:57 IST