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
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.