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Paradip Refinery likely to boost "Indian Oil Corporations" bottom line by 20-30%

New Delhi, Jan 26: The Paradip Refinery of Indian Oil, which is set to be dedicated to the nation on February 7, will massively boost the bottom line of the largest oil marketer to the tune of 20-30%, thanks to the latest technologies deployed at the facility that's coming up after a delay of 14 long years.

The massive delay in completing the project has led to a cost escalation of over Rs 3,500 crore at Rs 34,555 crore and an interest payout of Rs 7,500 crore, the company said.

The commissioning of Paradip Refinery by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 7, will take the total number of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) refineries to 11. Its last greenfield refinery was commissioned in 1998 at Panipat, which has an annual capacity of 15 million metric tonnes (MMT). Paradip is also the first greenfield coastal refinery of Indian Oil.

"This refinery will boost our profit by as much as 20-30% from next year. Testing and trial runs of various units have now been completed, with the petrol unit being the latest one to go on-stream on January 17. From next month, we will be operating at 60% of its 15 MMT capacity," IOC executive director and Paradip Refinery in-charge Ramjee Ram told during a recent plant visit.

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