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Current Initiatives


CURRENT INITIATIVES (as on July 2019)

1. India-Bangladesh Friendship Product Pipeline (IBFPL):

NRL and Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation has entered into an agreement for implementing a 129.5 KM product pipeline from NRL's Siliguri Marketing Terminal in India to Parbatipur in Bangladesh. The estimated cost involved in laying the pipeline is Rs. 346 crores.  The project is being implemented with Grant-in-aid support of Rs. 285 crores from the Govt. of India for the Bangladesh portion of the pipeline. NRL's investment in the project will be Rs. 61 crores. The project activities have commenced with the ground breaking ceremony held on 18th Sept 2018, witnessed by the Hon'ble PMs of both the countries.

2. Bamboo Bio-refinery

A Joint Venture (JV) CompanyAssam Bio-Refinery Pvt. Ltd. (ABRPL) was incorporated in on 4th June, 2018 with equity participation of 50% by NRL, 28% by M/s Fortum 3BV, Netherlands and 22% by M/s Chempolis Oy, Finland. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 1259 crore.

The technology for the bio-refinery will be provided by M/s Chempolis Oy of Finland. This initiative is a pioneering effort which will use this new technology for conversion of ligno-cellulosic bio-mass to ethanol for the first time in the country in a commercial scale. Besides ethanol, the bio-refinery will also produce furfural, acetic acid and bio-coal. The plant shall have capacity to process 300 TMT of Bamboo (Bone Dry) and shall produce 49 TMT of Ethanol together with associated platform chemicals.

3. North East Gas Grid

All the North East State capitals are envisaged to be connected through the North -East Gas Grid by 2020. A Joint Venture Company named M/s Indradhanush Gas Grid Limited has been incorporated in the month of August 2018 with equal participation of NRL, IOCL, ONGC, OIL, and GAIL to implement the project. This ambitious Project will connect all North East State capitals to the National Gas Grid through Barauni-Guwahati Gas Pipeline being laid by GAIL. The length of the proposed NE Natural Gas Pipeline Grid is around 1500 km. to be implemented at an estimated project cost of Rs. 6000 crores.    

4.Refinery Expansion from 3 to 9 MMTPA:

The Refinery expansion from 3 MMTPA to 9 MMTPA is a part of the ambitious 'Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 for the North East'. The Cabinet Committee of 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 train of 6 MMTPA refinery at Numaligarh, Golaghat, Assam;

b. Paradip Port-Siliguri-Guwahati-Numaligarh Crude Oil pipeline: This is a pipeline to transport imported crude oil from Paradip Port in Odisha to our refinery at Numaligarh in Assam via West Bengal. This pipeline is 1398 km length and 9 MMTPA capacity

c. Numaligarh-Siliguri Product Pipeline: This is a pipeline (6 MMTPA capacity, 654 km length) to transport products – HSD, MS, SKO from our refinery at Numaligarh, Assam to our marketing terminal at Siliguri, West Bengal. In addition to the pipeline project, the existing terminal will be expanded by adding additional tankages for storage and sale of products.

It is envisaged that construction of the crude pipeline will ensure crude oil security to all four North East refineries at a time when these refineries are operating below their installed capacities due to declining domestic crude oil production in the region. The pre project activities are under progress. The project duration is 48 months from Zero date after receipt of all statutory clearances including the receipt of Environment Clearance.

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