Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) will invest Rs. 8,000 crore in the next three years to expand the capacity of its present refinery at Mangalore from 9.69 million tonnes to 15 million tonnes, R. Rajamani, Managing Director, said here on Thursday.

Environment clearance

Mr. Rajamani said the company had obtained environmental clearance for the expansion and the process for its expansion would begin in right earnest.

He said the job of land acquisition work had been completed and relocation of project-affected people was in progress. ``Selection of Licensors for Process Technology for major Licensed Units has been completed and the Basic Engineering and Design work was under progress. The tendering process for critical units was in progress and the project was expected to be completed by January 2011,” he remarked. The environment clearance for the aromatic complex proposed to be set up in the Special Economic Zone by ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Ltd (SPV of ONGC-MRPL) had already been received and the licensor’s selection for this has also been completed.