Its four major units commissioned with Rs.2,200-cr. investment
Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas S. Jaipal Reddy on Monday dedicated to the nation the Rs.2,200-crore Clean Fuels Project commissioned by Visakh Refinery of HPCL at a function here.
This was another milestone in the history of Visakh Refinery.
The refinery commissioned DHDS (Diesel Hydrodesulphurisation) project aimed at production of Bharat Stage (BS)-III grade diesel in 2000.
With the commissioning of Clean Fuels Project, Visakh Refinery is capable of producing BS-III and BS-IV grade MS (motor spirit or petrol).
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jaipal Reddy said that at present, use of BS-IV compliant fuels had been made compulsory in 13 cities.
In next phase, Visakhapatnam and other cities would be brought under the project to reduce emissions drastically.
The Clean Fuels Project consists of four major units -- Naphtha Hydrotreater, Continuous Catalytic Reformer, FCC-Naphtha Hydrotreater, and Isomerisation Unit. These units were recently commissioned in phases with total investment of Rs.2,200 crore. Union Minister of State for HRD D. Purandeswari said that due to the spoon type topography of Visakhapatnam with sea on one side and hillocks on three sides, the increasing level of industrial pollution had become a matter of serious concern.
Instead of blaming automobile pollution which was increasing at high pace, the industries should behave responsibly by drastically reducing the emissions, she said, and hoped that HPCL would also take the pollution problem seriously.
As part of corporate social responsibility, HPCL should contribute more for development of the city, she stated.
State Minister for Infrastructure and Investment Ganta Srinivasa Rao said the residents of the Old City were suffering a lot due to pollution caused by the port and other industries and hoped that the industries would pay more attention to the pollution control.
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment and Forest Chairman T. Subbarami Reddy said an initiative was taken by industries to plant 40 lakh saplings in five years to make the city green in a record time.
APCC president and Transport Minister Botcha Satyanarayana thanked Mr. Jaipal Reddy for his contribution in sanctioning Rs.1,880 crore to the city under JNNURM when he was holding the portfolio of urban development.