'MRPL processed more than 45 crudes in last 10 years'

Aromatic plant may be commissioned by Sept 2013, says ONGC CMD

'MRPL processed more than 45 crudes in last 10 years'

On the line of vision of ONGC’s perspective plan for 2030, the MRPL is envisaged to expand the facility into a 21 MMTPA refinery with a  Pet coke Gasification Unit and a LAB unit (Linear Alkyl Benzene). The company also plans  to diversify into petrochemicals, said ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Sudhir Vasudeva.

Speaking to presspersons here on Friday, he said that a polypropylene plant is getting ready in MRPL Phase III and a JV company in which MRPL has a stake, ONGC-Mangalore Petrochemicals Ltd (OMPL) is off to a running start and is expected to commission its aromatic plant by September 2013. The refinery will be expanded from 15 MMTPA to 17 MMTPA by 2017.

Mauritius looks to India and MRPL for its hydrocarbon energy requirements.  It had twice renewed and ramped up the supply agreement and a terminal is likely to come up in Mauritius.

He said “on March 29, 2013, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd, an ONGC Group company completed a decade of growth after it was acquired by the ONGC. The MRPL has processed over 45 different crudes upto now,” he added.

He said that the MRPL’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme includes development across fields of health, education, infrastructure, sanitation, water and water management, enabling women and the weak and vulnerable, protection and preservation of cultural heritage and environment.

New initiatives

MRPL Managing Director P P Upadhya said that to commemorate 10 years of ONGC’s presence in Dakshina Kannada, the MRPL will donate a computer lab for Hajabba’s school in Harekala. The MRPL will also donate a generator to Roman and Catherine Lobo Residential School for Blind.

The Mogaveera Vyavasthapaka Mandali had sought a fishing vending trucks to help poor fisherwomen who sell on the roadside. The MRPL will provide the same.

He said that 10 state-of-the art bus shelters will be laid from Mangalore to MRPL. “We have already held talks with the district administration and Mangalore City Corporation in this regard.”

Digital Class Room – Educomp will be introduced in schools. The MRPL is also planning to provide a road cleaning machine— a truck mounted road sweeper for Mangalore.
“The approach road to Bejai Seemanthi Bai is in deplorable condition. The MRPL will look into the laying of road. At the same time, Dakshina Kannada faces acute shortage of water during peak summer. In this regard, the MRPL will initiate a study on river water management. We are holding talks with the district administration and the decision is likely to be taken after the elections,” he said.

Other CSR programmes include scholarships for meritorious children of  SC/ST and modernisation of Poornaprajna Auditorium of Admar Mutt Education Council. ONGC

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