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Barauni refinery capacity to be raised to 9 MMTPA: Dharmendra Pradhan

Pradhan, who is a Rajya Sabha member from Bihar, also announced that his department will launch a slew of oil and gas related projects in Bihar with investment of Rs 25,000 crore. Several such projects are already in different stages of construction, including the petro chemical complex at Barauni, he said.

“The refining capacity of the Barauni refinery will be raised to nine MMTPA from six MMTPA at present,” he said, while addressing the Golden Jubilee function of the Barauni refinery located about 125 km from the state capital.

Augmenting the refining capacity of the Barauni refinery comprised only “Payment in instalment” among various promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Gandhi Maidan for development of Bihar in the event of being elected to power at the Centre before Lok Sabha polls, Pradhan said.

Referring to the trust reposed by the people of Bihar in Modi, Pradhan said, the same will be returned in terms of development of the state in the years to come.

Giving credit of Barauni refinery expansion to Modi, he described himself as the ‘postman’ of Prime Minister.

On Bihar, he said that small factories, enterprises and chemical units will also come up in the state, adding that all these projects were aimed at generation of employment opportunity for the people and economic growth of the region.

He said the fertiliser plant at Barauni, which remained closed for years, will be revived soon and will be run on gas instead of naphtha. He added that gas for the fertiliser plant will be supplied from the 650-km long gas pipeline Jagdishpur- Haldia project.

“My ministry will take responsibility to provide required gas for the fertiliser plant,” Pradhan vowed.
Outlining other projects of his ministry, he said that an oil pipeline be laid from Motihari to Nepal to provide oil and gas to the neighbouring country.

“Till now tankers used to supply oil to Nepal, but our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to the neighbouring country last year, had promised to lay pipeline for the same and it will be done soon,” he said.

He announced the laying of a LPG pipeline from Durgapur in West Bengal to Barauni-Patna-Muzaffarpur in Bihar and said that more LPG bottling plants have also been proposed in Bihar to meet growing demand of the cooking gas in the state and also in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

Petroleum Minister Announces Investment Worth Rs 25K Crore in Bihar

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has announced investment worth Rs 25,000 crore on various projects in oil and gas sector over the next five to six years in Bihar. Pradhan said this while speaking at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of IndianOil’s Barauni Refinery in Begusarai, Bihar.

Petroleum Minister also announced the refinery’s capacity expansion by 3 million tonnes which will take the refinery’s capacirty to 9 Million Metric Tonnes per annum. Commissioned in 1964 with a capacity of 1 million metric tonne, its refining capacity was enhanced from time to time. The last expansion of the refinery came up in 2002 when Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister.

Pradhan in his emotional address said that the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has promised that the affection and support of the people of Bihar would be repaid with interest manifold. This is the first installment from Narendra Modi to the people of Bihar.

Linked with the expansion of the refinery, a petrochemical complex will aslo come up, which will help develop other chemcical industries in the area and improve employment opportunities.

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