Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas &Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, along with the Haryana Chief Minister Shri Manohar Lal, laid the foundation stone of Indian Oil’s state-of-the-art Technology Development & Deployment Centre as its second R&D Campus at Faridabad. The new centre, with an investment of Rs. 2282 crore, covers an area of about 59 acres. The new campus would focus on demonstration & deployment of various technologies developed by Indian Oil R&D.
The research infrastructure at the new campus includes state-of-the-art laboratories and pilot plants in the domains of alternative & renewable energy, e.g., fuel cell, Hydrogen, gasification & solar energy research, semi-commercial nano-material production unit, scale-up/pilot plants in petrochemicals, catalysts, biotechnology, etc.
This new extension of Indian Oil’s R&D Centre is going to focus on non-conventional energy domains besides the conventional ones and will aim at indigenisation of several frontline and sunrise technologies such as Petrochemicals, Batteries/Energy Storage Devices, Bio-Energy- Greenhouse gas (CO2) capture, Novel nano materials for catalysts or fuel cells, Hydrogen production pathways and Fuel cells for both mobility and stationary applications.
Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan said, “The R&D Centre of Indian Oil has over the years blossomed into a state-of-the art research institution for downstream petroleum R&D, focusing on indigenizing technologies and processes to suit Indian conditions. Indian Oil’s R&D Centre has contributed significantly towards Hon’ble Prime Minister’s dream of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.”
The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas also congratulated the Chief minister of Haryana for making Haryana a kerosene-free state. He said that the state can play a leading role in converting the Agro-residues into clean energy. He urged Indian Oil to provide further impetus to waste-to-energy programmes in the state and work towards making the state a global model in alternative energy solutions.
The minister said that during the Corona crisis, India played an important role in supplying medicines to the world. He said that the petrochemical requirement in the country is going up, and we have to reduce import of the petroleum products. He called upon the industry to work towards making India a petrochemical hub, and make country “aatamnirbhar”.