MRPL gets 29,000 MT crude oil from Rajasthan

Mangala crude oil to be processed first in Mangaluru

: A crystal bottle of the crude being handed over by DGM (Marine Operations) of Cairn Energy India Ltd Captain S K Pillay and Capt ain of the ship Capt Sashay to MRPL Managing Director U K Basu and Deputy Commissioner V Ponnuraj at NMPT on Friday.

As much as 29,000 tones of crude, from Mangala Oil fields owned by Cairn India, arrived at New Mangalore Port in a Singaporean vessel named Cougar steared by Capt Sashay, an Ukranian. In a simple function organised at NMPT, a crystal bottle of the crude was handed over by DGM (Marine Operations) & Regional Manager of Cairn Energy India Ltd Captain S K Pillay, to MRPL Managing Director U K Basu in the presence of Deputy Commissioner of DK district V Ponnuraj, Chief Engineer of NMPT M R Hedaoo, Coast Guard Commandant P S Jha and Senior Management Team of MRPL led by GGM (Refinery) in-charge Upadhya.

Speaking on the occasion, Upadhya said that MRPL is likely to receive about 0.2 Million Metric Tones (MMT) of Mangala crude oil this year and it will be 0.4 MMT next year. With the fast progressing Phase III projects kicking in, MRPL will be able to process more of such crude. Also the Barmer crude will help reduce MRPL’s imports of low sulphur crude like Nile Blend, Sokol and Nigerian grades, he added.

MRPL along with HPCL and IOCL are the three nominees to process the crude from Barmer. Since the other companies are not yet ready to receive it, MRPL got the opportunity to process it first.

Mangala Crude is very heavy. It contains only 22 per cent extract like diesel or kerosene. On a standalone basis, it can not be processed neatly by any refinery in India. Hence, it will be mixed with other crudes like Bombay High Crude in 1:4 ratio  while processing, Upadhya informed.

MRPL will receive more such parcels every month, he added.

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