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EAC recommends environmental clearance for RILís Jamnagar refinery expansion project

The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has recommended granting environmental clearance to Reliance Industries' proposal of expanding the production capacity of its Special Economic Zone (SEZ) refinery at Gujarat's Jamnagar to 41 million tonne per annum (MTPA) from the present35.2 MTPA. .

 The EAC took up the environmental clearance application filed by RIL on December 19, the ministry's online portal PARIVESH showed.
ďThe EAC, after deliberations and in terms of the provisions contained in para 7(ii) of the EIA Notification, 2006, exempted the project from fresh EIA studies and public hearing, and recommended the project for grant of environmental clearance for a period of one year, with the terms and conditions already stipulated in the existing environmental clearance dated 30th March, 2010 granted in favour of M/s Reliance Jamnagar Infrastructure Limited,Ē EAC said. The granting of environmental clearance is subject to compliance of additional terms and conditions.
RILís current refinery complex in Jamnagar has a cumulative capacity to process 68.2 MTPA of crude oil. After expansion, RILís total crude oil processing capability would increase to 74 MTPA, overtaking 
Indian Oil Corporationís cumulative capability of 69.2 MTPA.

RIL had increased the SEZ refineryís capacity to 35.2 MTPA in financial year 2017-2018 from 27 MTPA in 2016-2017.

According to information provided by EAC the estimated project cost for the proposed expansion project will be nil.

The cost of the existing SEZ refinery is Rs 27,000 crore and the total capital cost earmarked towards environmental pollution control measures is Rs 500 crore and the recurring cost (operation and maintenance) is about Rs 60 crores per annum.


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