HPCL Barmer refinery study

Vol 15, PW 25 (28 Jun 12) News in Brief

PMO intervention has led the oil ministry to yet again resuscitate the long-dead Barmer refinery project.

Oil secretary Girish Chaturvedi wants state-owned Hindustan Petroleum to prepare a techno-commercial feasibility study by September on the proposed 9m t/y refinery and petrochemical complex in Rajasthan. On May 29, Chaturvedi met Rajasthan mines and petroleum secretary Sudhansh Pant; ONGC chairman Sudhir Vasudeva; IndianOil chairman RS Butola, Bharat Petroleum chairman RK Singh; HPCL chairman S.

Roy Choudhury; and EIL chairman AK Purwaha. At the meeting, HPCL said it could take a 51% stake in the refinery, which might use oil from Cairn’s Mangala, Aishwariya and other fields.

HPCL believes Barmer must be designed to use low sulphur Arab Mix crude oil imports, once Cairn’s fields stop producing. It might evacuate petroleum products by connecting the refinery to its existing 1054-km product pipeline from Delhi to Mundra.