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Current Initiatives



1. India – Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline (IBFPL):

NRL is constructing a 130 km long and 1 MMTPA capacity product pipeline from Siliguri in West Bengal to Parbatipur in Bangladesh. The total project cost for construction of the Indo-Bangla Friendship Pipeline from (IBFPL) from Siliguri to Parbatipur (Bangladesh) is Rs. 346.06 crores. Out of the above, NRL’s investment in the project will be Rs. 60.80 crores for the India portion of the pipeline. The remaining amount of Rs. 285.24 crores for Bangladesh portion shall be funded by Govt. of India as grant-in-aid. Scheduled progress as on 30.06.20 is 31.8%. The project is targeted to be completed by September, 2021.


2. Bio-Refinery Project:

NRL, in collaboration with two other foreign investors, have formed the Joint Venture Company - “Assam Bio-refinery Private Limited (ABRPL)’ which will set up a second generation bio-refinery at Numaligarh, Assam to produce ethanol from non-food grade feed stock bamboo. The shareholding pattern of the JV Company is NRL 50% and remaining 50% between Fortum BV3 and Chempolis Oy of Finland.

The capacity of the proposed plant is 6 crore litres of ethanol per annum using 5 lakh tons of bamboo as feedstock, which will be blended into petrol. The bio refinery project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce crude oil import dependency and achieve forex savings, provide remunerative income to farmers, and create employment opportunities by way of engagement of local population in the region. It is envisaged that Ethanol will substitute petrol to the same extent and thereby reduce import of crude required for production of petrol in the country.

The construction activity at the site was stopped during lockdown from March 25 to April 20. Construction at the site has again started since April 21 following all necessary guidelines by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the State authorities. Currently, around 450 workers are engaged at the construction site and all necessary arrangements are being done to bring project back to its schedule.

The project has received sanction of Rs 150 crore from the Central government under viability gap funding.


3. North East Gas Grid (JV investment):

A Gas Grid connecting all State capitals in the North Eastern region is being constructed to supply PNG and CNG in the region. A trunk gas pipeline from Barauni to Guwahati will connect NE Gas Grid to the National Gas Grid. A JV Company has been incorporated as “Indradhanush Gas Grid Limited” with equal equity participation from IOCL, GAIL, ONGC, OIL and NRL. NRL’s refinery expansion has been considered as an anchor customer, constituting around 50% of the total throughput of the pipeline grid. The Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA) of the Government of India, in January 2020, has approved the project for implementation at a cost of INR 9,265 crores out of which 60% granted as Viability Gap Funding (VGF). A total of 1,656 km of gas pipeline will be laid as part of the project. The project is being implemented in three phases:

Phase-I: Sections with plain agricultural terrain and no EC requirement (Guwahati, Numaligarh, Itanagar, Dergaon /Jorhat, Dimapur)

Phase-II: Section in hilly terrain and having requirement of EC (Shillong, Silchar, Panisagar, Banaskandi, Agartala, Aizawl)

Phase-III: Sections in hilly terrain, requirement of EC and feasibility of laying pipeline linked to highway width widening (Dimapur, Kohima, Imphal)

The project is scheduled to be completed by 2023.


4. Refinery Expansion from 3 to 9 MMTPA:

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) of the Government of India has accorded investment approval for NRL’s 3 to 9 MMTPA expansion project on 16.01.2019. The approved cost of the project is Rs. 22,594 crores. Govt. of India has also approved an amount of Rs. 1,020 crores as capital subsidy for the project. The integrated refinery expansion project has three components –

a) Setting up a new 6 MMTPA refinery at Numaligarh, Golaghat, Assam

b) Construction of Paradip-Numaligarh Crude Oil pipeline of 1398 km in length and 9 MMTPA capacity

c) Numaligarh-Siliguri Product Pipeline of 654 km in length and 6 MMTPA capacity


NRL has recently been accorded the Environmental clearance from the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change for the Refinery Expansion Project on 27th July 2020. M/s SBI Capital Markets Limited, Mumbai has been appointed for Debt syndication of Rs. 15,102 Crore for Refinery Expansion Project.

Moreover, Licensor selection process for SRU, DHDT, GDS & MSU have been completed. & PMO consultancy job has been awarded.


5. Upstream Investment:

Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Govt. of India has accorded approval to NRL for acquiring Participatory Interest in two explorations blocks of Assam, namely, Namrup in Dibrugarh District and West Mechaki in Tinsukia District. Oil India Limited will be operator in both the blocks. The estimated initial investment envisaged is Rs. 70.53 crs for Namrup block and Rs. 21 crs for Mechaki block. Block details are given as below –

Block Name





Participating Interest (PI)

OIL 80% (Operator), NRL 20%,

OIL 60% (Operator), IOC 20%, BPRL 10%, NRL 10%,


Assam-Arakan Shelf

Assam-Arakan Shelf


125 Sq.Km

489 Sq.Km

Target depth of drilling           



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