Pradhan bats for IOC’s Haldia refinery expansion; writes to fellow Union ministers

Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has sought the personal intervention of his cabinet colleagues handling the chemicals and fertilizers and shipping ministries to get 175 acres of land needed for state-owned Indian Oil Corporation’s (IOC) Haldia refinery expansion project in West Bengal.

IOC is building a new processing unit to improve the quality and production capacity of lubricant base oils at its recently expanded 8-million tonnes a year refinery in Haldia, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the planned catalytic dewaxing unit in a ceremony on February 7.

Pradhan on Thursday wrote to Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers D V Sadananda Gowda and Shipping and Ports Minister Mansukh Mandaviya seeking their personal intervention to get the land needed for the project.

“The refinery is bound by the Hooghly river on the south and by railway lines, canal and roads on the north and west sides. The only land available for expansion is towards the east, where the Hindustan Fertilizers Corporation Ltd (HFCL) is in possession of about 175 acres,” he wrote to them.

IOC has been in constant touch with port authorities and HFCL to acquire the land parcel.

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