Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan yesterday wrote a letter to Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri D V Sadanand Gowda and Union Minister of State for Ports, Shipping & Waterways (I/c) & Chemicals & Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya seeking their personal intervention in leasing out 175 acres of land for undertaking expansion work for IndianOil's Haldia refinery.
In his letter, Shri Pradhan stressed the continued endeavour to be self-reliant in petroleum products and wrote that infrastructure development in the oil and gas sector is driven to expand its facilities to meet the domestic demands of quality and quantity of fuels and specialities. He wrote about the Haldia Refinery's increased crude processing capacity from 2.5MMTPA initially to 8MMTPA and the capacity to produce the best quality of fuels, lubricants and speciality products.
He further wrote that in recent times when the refinery was required to construct new units for the Bharat Stage VI standards, this could only be partially accomplished by dismantling existing storage tanks, and for construction of some critical units, additional land is required. Adjacent 175 acres of land in possession of Hindustan Fertilizers Corporation Limited on lease from Kolkata Port Trust / Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port Trust. IndianOil has been in constant touch with SMP-HDC authorities and HFCL to acquire this land parcel.
Shri Pradhan solicited the support of both Ministers to enable IndianOil to establish its critical units of the refinery for the benefit of people and boost the Purvodaya vision.