Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL), India’s second biggest state refiner, plans to spend about Rs 10,000 crore in 2016-17 to expand and upgrade its refining capacity and augment its marketing infrastructure, its finance chief has said.
“We need to invest in infrastructure to meet the growing demand in the market,” said P Balasubramanian, director (finance) at BPCL, which has made about Rs 9,500 crore in capital expenditure in the current fiscal year. Indian refiners and fossil fuel retailers have been working on adding new capacity to cater to the rapidly rising fuel demand in the country. The petroleum product consumption had grown by 10% till January this fiscal year. An expansion underway at Kochi refinery will take about 40% of the BPCL’s planned capex for 2016-17. The refinery is adding 6 million tonne per annum (MTPA) to the existing capacity of 9.5 MTPA. BPCL’s total capacity is about 27.5 million tonne.