Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) has recorded a crude output of 2.62 million metric tonnes during 2009-10, the highest ever in the history of its operations.

NRL’s profit before tax grew by 13.2 per cent to Rs 361.71 crore while profit after tax was posted at Rs 232.08 crore, according to a release issued by the company.

NRL’s Distillate Yield (yield of high value of liquid petroleum products) during 2009-10 was recorded at 85.32 showing an improved performance against previous year’s figure of 84.72 per cent.

The refinery’s specific energy consumption, a measure of energy efficiency in operation, during 2009-10 was recorded at 67.6 MBN which was again an improved performance compared to 70.7 MBN a year ago.

On the safety front, the refinery has been able to sustain its excellence in performance with achievement of 14.09 million loss time accident free man hours till March 31, 2010.

NRL has also achieved the feat of being the first refinery in North East to produce and despatch Euro-IV grade motor spirit (petrol).

The refinery is currently implementing a Diesel Quality Upgradation Project with a cost involvement of Rs 435 crore that would enable production of Euro-III and Euro-IV grades of High Speed Diesel at 100 per cent capacity utilisation of the refinery, the release added.