Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) is fully geared to convert the refinery from BS4 to BS6 by September 2019, according to DK Sarraf, Chairman of MRPL. (BS is Bharat Stage emission standard.)
Addressing presspersons after the annual general meeting of shareholders on Saturday evening, he said the conversion from BS4 to BS6 is estimated to cost Rs. 1,810 crore.
It has already been approved by the board of MRPL. Now it has to be approved by the board of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), and the process is underway, he said.
Other than certain things that the refinery will take up during the shut-down in September-October, the refinery is fully capable of meeting the BS6 requirements for diesel production. Once done, it will take only a couple of months. He said the refinery will be fully compliant for diesel by March 2017. But as far as petrol is concerned, it would take time to implement the project.
H Kumar, Managing Director of MRPL, said the Government's mandate is to switch over from BS4 to BS6 by April 1, 2020.
Stating that the refinery is fully compliant with BS4, he said it is almost BS6 compliant for diesel. However, for petrol, significant work has to be done. The company targets to complete the same by July-September of 2019. The mandate is that by September 2019 the construction and commissioning of the unit should take place.
M Venkatesh, Director (Refinery) of MRPL, said some delivery infrastructure needs to be upgraded. The refinery per se will be capable in the next couple of months, he said.
Sarraf said the company plans to expand the capacity of the refinery. The existing refinery capacity is 15 MTPA (million tonnes per annum).
"We want to further expand it. We are deliberating on it among ourselves. Whether the further expansion should be 18 MTPA, 21MTPA or even beyond. So we are looking at different pros and cons, different financial implications, different returns, different timeframes, for that," he said.
Stating that the company has identified the land for expansion, he said it has already paid money to the authorities concerned in Karnataka for the land.