"The 60 million tonnes a year refinery and a mega petrochemical complex will be set up in two phases. Phase-1 will be 40 million tons together with an aromatic complex, naphtha cracker and polymer complex," Sanjiv Singh, director (Refineries), IOC, told PTI.
Here are ten things...
to know about the refinery.
1. Phase-1 will cost Rs 1.2-1.5 lakh crore and will come up in 5-6 years from the date of land acquisition.
2. The entire refinery will include three crude units of 20 million tonnes each. The first of these will be part of phase-1.
3. The mega complex will require 12,000-15,000 acres of land and two-three sites on coast of Maharashtra are being explored.
4. The second phase will cost Rs 50,000-60,000 crore.
5. IOC has been scouting at west coast for a refinery as catering to customers in West and South was difficult with its refineries located in North India.
6. HPCL and BPCL have also been looking at a bigger refinery because of constraints they face at their Mumbai units.
7. The refinery will produce petrol, diesel, LPG, ATF and feedstock for petrochemical plants in plastic, chemical and textile industries in Maharashtra.
8. Fifteen million tonnes a year is the biggest refinery any public sector unit has set up in one stage.
IOC recently started its 15 million tonnes unit at Paradip in Odisha.
9. The refinery being planned by the state-owned firms will be bigger than Paradip Refinary.
10. The phase-1 itself will be bigger than any one single unit. It will also be accompanied by a petrochemical complex.
According to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), India's oil demand is expected to reach about 458 million tonnes by 2040.