HPCL-Mittal Energy Limited (HMEL) on Thursday announced the successful commissioning of its state-of-the-art 9 million metric tonnes per annum Guru Gobind Singh Refinery (GGSR) at Bathinda in Punjab.

The refinery, likely to be formally inaugurated next month, has been built at a cost of about $4 billion. The refinery is an energy-efficient, environmental-friendly, high distillate yielding complex comprising single point mooring 7 km in the sea at Mundra, Gujarat. It has a crude oil terminal at Mundra with a cross-country pipeline of 1,017 km from Mundra to Bathinda connecting various intermediate pumping stations. It also has a captive power plant of 165 MW capacity and petrochemical unit producing polypropylene.

The refinery began refining crude oil in August 2011 and recently achieved commissioning of the entire project.

Commenting on the successful commissioning, Lakshmi Niwas Mittal said the HPCL-Mittal joint venture has established that public-private partnership (PPP) models could succeed.

S. Roy Choudhury, Chairman, HMEL, said “This refinery will help in meeting the growing Indian hydrocarbon demand and more particularly help in bridging the large demand-supply mismatch of petroleum products.”

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