India’s refineries stare at a huge water crisis

Many refineries in India are facing an acute shortage of freshwater and substantial work needs to be done for conservation and recycling of water, top officials of the ministry of petroleum and natural gas (MoPNG) said here on Sunday.

Speaking at the 24th edition of Refining and Petrochemical Technology meet, organised by the Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals in collaboration with the central ministry, officials pointed out how the water intensive refinery industry must take immediate conservation measures.

“If refineries are to have a sustainable future, they will have to use cutting-edge technologies, improve efficiency, operational availability and platform integration with petrochemicals and bio-refining. Substantial work needs to be done for water management, starting from its accounting, recycling, rainwater harvesting and application of innovative technologies for water conservation and recycling,” said MM Kutty, secretary, MoPNG.

Officials pointed out that although the share of renewable energy in the country’s total energy consumption is expected to grow from 3.4 per cent in 2019 to 16 per cent in 2040, fossil fuels will continue to occupy a major share of the energy basket.

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