MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday dedicated to the nation a new state of the art crude distillation unit (CDU) of Bharat Petroleum’s Mumbai Refinery.
The 6 MMTPA-capacity unit that came at a cost of Rs. 1,419 crores is a replacement of old crude and vacuum units of the refinery.
Members of Parliament Arvind Sawant, Rahul Shewale, Gopal Shetty and Chembur MLA Prakash Phaterpekar were also present on the occasion.
This BPCL refinery with a capacity of 2.2 MMTPA was commissioned in 1955 by Burmah Shell Refineries Ltd. In 1976, post-nationalisation, the refinery has progressively expanded through low-cost revamps and adoption of new technologies.
Currently, it has an installed capacity of 12 MMTPA with three crude and vacuum distillation units with matching secondary processing and treatment facilities.
The commissioning of this new CDU would ensure cleaner environment and efficient use of energy with lower emissions and reduction in energy consumption.
Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan announced the plan for setting up of a new refinery in Maharashtra.
To which, the Chief Minister assured him to provide land and other facilities for the proposed refinery.