ONGC to set up 15 MT refinery at Kakinada, in talks with Hindujas

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New Delhi, Oct 31 (UNI) State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) today said it will set up a new 15 million tonne refinery at Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh with an investment of Rs 24,000-25,000 crore and is in discussion with London-based Hindujas for a stake sale in the refinery.

''The new refinery to be called Kakinada Refinery and Petrochemical Ltd (KRPL) will become operational in next three-four years. We are currently working on the economics and in the last stage of sensitivity studies and a decision on the project will be taken by November end,'' company Chairman R S Sharma told reporters here.

The decision on a strategic partner will be taken after the study is completed, he added.

ONGC Group has a 49 per cent stake in the project with 46 per cent being held by ONGC and the rest three per cent with MRPL.

When asked about the IPO of KRPL, Mr sharma said it is a secondary thing.

UNI

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