Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals (MRPL) has lined up projects worth up to Rs 15,000 crore in coming years, which include a raw petroleum coke gas complex.
MRPL Managing Director H Kumar said in a release the company intended to produce ‘Syngas’ (synthetic gas) and subsequently to produce value-added chemicals, such as urea (fertiliser), acetic acid, acryilate among others and production of linear alkyl benzene (LAB) – a feed stock to produce detergents. Director (Refineries) M Venkatesh said MRPL had to upgrade facilities in the wake of the Centre’s autofuel upgradation policy to produce BS VI grade fuel by April 2020. This would greatly help reduce environment pollution caused by automobile emissions, but additional land would be required to set up the same. MRPL would also have to enhance refining capacity to 18 to 21 million tonnes per year to meet increasing fuel demand.