Indian Oil Corp (IOC) on Monday said its board has given approval to setting up of a Rs 27,460 crore refinery by its subsidiary, Chennai Petroleum Corp Ltd. The Board of Directors of CPCL had in April this year recommended setting up a new 9 million tonnes a year refinery at an estimated cost of Rs 27,460 crore (with an accuracy of plus-30 per cent). The expansion was subject to the approval of board of IOC, the holding company of CPCL.
"The Board of Directors of IOC at the meeting held on September 22 accorded In-principle approval for setting up a new 9 million tonnes per annum refinery at Cauvery Basin, Nagapattinam at an estimated cost of Rs 27,460 crore and for carrying out pre-project activities," IOC said in a regulatory filing. The final approval of the project would be obtained after preparation of Detailed Feasibility Report of the project. The planned refinery will be CPCL's third refinery. It currently operates a 10.5 million tonnes Manali refinery in Tamil Nadu.
It also has a smaller 1 million tonnes Nagapattinam refinery. CPCL, formerly known as Madras Refineries Ltd, was formed as a joint venture in 1965 between the Government of India, AMOCO and National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC) having a shareholding in the ratio of 74 per cent, 13 per cent, 13 per ent respectively. In 1985, AMOCO disinvested. After this, government held 84.62 per cent and NIOC 15.38 per cent.
Government later disinvested 16.92 per cent of the paid. The company was listed in 1994. IOC acquired government stake in 2000-01. IOC currently holds 51.89 per cent stake in CPCL while NIOC holds 15.40 per cent. Indian Oil accounts for nearly half of India's petroleum products market share 35% national refining capacity and 71% downstream sector pipelines through capacity. The Indian Oil Group owns and operates 11 of India's 23 refineries with a combined refining capacity of 80.7 million metric tonnes per annum. Indian Oil's cross-country pipeline network, for transportation of crude oil to refineries and finished products to high-demand centers, spans over 13,000 Kms. The company has a throughput capacity of 80.49 MMTPA for crude oil and petroleum products and 9.5 MMSCMD for gas.