Indian Oil’s Mathura refinery gets green nod for expansion

Indian Oil Corporation’s Mathura refinery has received environmental clearance for projects to expand its crude processing capacity to 11 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). Currently, the Mathura Refinery has processing capacity of 8 mtpa.

The refinery has been accorded environmental clearance for residue upgradation and distillate yield improvement project with 11 MMTPA crude processing, Mathura Refinery head and executive director Asis Kumar Maiti told PTI.

“The environmental clearance was given on November 22 by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change impact assessment division,” Maiti said. He said the proposal would generate employment opportunities (direct and indirect).

Mathura Refinery, since inception, has shown its concern for the environment through plantation and reducing sulphur content in diesel and petrol produced at the unit, officials stated. It has set up air monitoring stations at Farah, Keetham, Sikandara and Bharatpur to ascertain air quality in the area.

The refinery has undertaken projects to upgrade its diesel and gasoline units to bring down sulphur level by nearly 80 per cent, Maiti said.

With the commissioning of these facilities, Mathura Refinery is now supplying 100 per cent of its MS (petrol) and HSD (diesel) meeting BSVI norms, the officials added.

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), has also announced that it will build the nation’s first green hydrogen plant at its Mathura refinery. This will be the nation’s first green hydrogen unit. Previously, projects have been announced to produce ‘grey hydrogen’ using fossil fuels such as natural gas. This is significant given that Hydrogen is the latest buzz for meeting the world’s energy needs.

The company’s strategic growth path aims to maintain focus on its core refining and fuel marketing businesses while making bigger inroads into petrochemicals, hydrogen, and electric mobility over the next 10 years. S M Vaidya, Chairman, IOC had said a few months ago that the company has selected Mathura because of its proximity to Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ). The idea is that the green hydrogen will replace carbon-emitting fuels used in the refinery to process crude oil into value-added products such as petrol and diesel.

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