First consignment of imported Miri crude oil received at Numaligarh refinery

Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) received its first consignment of imported Miri crude oil from Petronas, Malaysia, on August 4, 2019. A railway rake comprising 50 tank wagons and carrying around 2,760 metric tonnes of crude oil reached Numaligarh from Haldia port, West Bengal, from where it was dispatched. Miri crude oil is low in sulphur and is close in specifications to Assam crude oil, also known as sweet crude for its low sulphur content. This consignment will help NRL attain better capacity utilisation of its existing refining capacity of 3 million metric tonnes per annum (mmtpa). The refinery has also embarked on a mega refinery expansion project to treble its capacity from 3 mmtpa to 9 mmtpa at an investment of Rs 225.94 billion, which also includes a 1,398 km crude oil pipeline of 9 mmtpa from Paradip to Numaligarh and a 654 km product pipeline of 6 mmtpa from Numaligarh to Siliguri.

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