Ahead of Prime minister, Narendra Modi’s visit to Myanmar, Assam based Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) has commenced export of High-Speed Diesel (Gas Oil) to Myanmar. NRL plans to export 5,000 MT of HSD per month to Myanmar through Tank Lorry.
NRL is exploring the possibility of laying a pipeline to export diesel at a later stage.
According to NRL, two tank trucks carrying 40 Kilo Litres of High-Speed Diesel was flagged off on Monday from the bordering town of Moreh in Manipur to Tamu in Myanmar.
NRL’s Refinery is located at a distance of 420 km from Moreh - Tamu Myanmar border connected by Asian Highway I. The consignment will be received by officials of M/s Parami Energy Services Co. Limited (PES), Myanmar at Tamu.
This is further to the signing of Sale- Purchase Agreement between NRL and PES for supply of 90 MT of Diesel (Gas Oil) from Numaligarh Refinery Marketing Terminal (NRMT) through Moreh-Tamu Land Custom Station to Myanmar.
NRL stated “Success of this trial consignment will pave the way for further business with PES and other such customers in Myanmar. NRL plans to export 5,000 MT of HSD per month to Myanmar through Tank Lorry.
The export of diesel to Myanmar presently continue by road utilizing tank trucks through the Moreh- Tamu border.
A product pipeline has been proposed from Numaligarh to Imphal in the North East Hydrocarbon [BS1] Vision 2030 released by the Govt. of India last year.
The proposed pipeline could be extended to Moreh post expansion of NRL’s Refinery capacity from present 3 MMTPA (million Metric Ton per annum) to 9 MMTPA. NRL is also looking at opportunities for entering into Retail business of petroleum products in Myanmar.
NRL added, “Export to Myanmar will a win- win situation for both the countries. Present demand of Petrol & Diesel in Myanmar is around 3 MMTPA.
Myanmar has 3 small refineries which together produces 0.7 MMTPA of Petrol & Diesel while balance quantity is imported at Yangon mainly from Thailand & Singapore”.
A high-level delegation from Oil companies led by Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan visited Yangon, Myanmar in the month of February 2017. The visit has paved the way for NRL’s entry in Myanmar.