Another nail in the coffin for Bharat-Oman refinery

Vol 5, PW 12 (01 Aug 01) People & Policy

Bharat Petroleum opposes Reliance's plans for very different reasons.

Writing on behalf of its joint venture with Oman Oil, Bharat Oman Refineries (BORL), the company reckons Reliance's plan for a gas pipeline is little more than a trick, and speculates that the real "intention of M/S RIL (Reliance) or GTICL (Gas Transportation and Infrastructure Company) appears to be to lay a product pipeline after obtaining a ROU (Right of User) for the gas pipeline." If so then Bharat Oman suggests the government take steps to ensure that it is built at least half a kilometre away from a pipeline it plans to build from Vadinar in Gujarat to its proposed 6m t/y refinery at Bina in Madhya Pradesh. This theme is picked up in the IOC note, which suggests that "if the proposed gas pipeline is laid as a multi-product pipeline, Reliance can transport liquid products as well." IOC worries that "in this case the company's Central India Pipeline, in which Reliance is also a stakeholder, may not materialise" and adds: "Since the Central India Pipeline provides for evacuation of products from RPL-Jamnagar, Essar Refinery, Koyali and Bina, there is no need to put up an additional gas pipeline inter-convertible for products."

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