Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) is planning to set up three new LPG bottling plants in the North-Eastern states. This addition will expand IOCL’s existing LPG bottling capacity of 5.23 crore LPG cylinders annually by 53% (or 8 crore cylinders) in the region by 2030.
An investment in the range of Rs. 325-350 crore will be made through Public and Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode for these plants.
IOCL’s Assam Oil Division (AOD) is the arm that takes care of its operations in North East India.
Details of IOCL’s Three New Planned LPG Bottling Plants in the North East
IOCL’s three new LPG bottling plants will come up in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Meghalaya. The plants in Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya will be greenfield projects, while the one in Mizoram will be brownfield.
IOCL is still in the process of scouting land for its new Arunachal Pradesh plant, which will be set up in PPP mode with an investment of Rs. 100 crore by a private partner. IOCL is in talks with the State Government and an interested private player for development of this plant. IOCL will give the private player technical support as per a long-term agreement.
The greenfield plant in Meghalaya will be set up at Umiam with an investment of Rs. 75 crore by IOCL, and will be commissioned by December 2023. This plant will have a daily capacity of 7,000 gas cylinders.
The brownfield plant in Mizoram is still in estimation stage. It will have a daily production capacity of 30,000 cylinders, and will be set up with an investment of approximately Rs. 150 crore.
IOCL’s Current LPG Production Capacity in the North-East
IOCL-AOD presently has nine LPG bottling plants in the North-East, six of which are located in Assam, while one each is located in Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura.
Out of these, the plant in Nagaon, Assam and the one in Tripura have been recently set up. The Assam plant has a daily capacity of 7,000 LPG cylinders. The Tripura plant has an annual production capacity of two crore cylinders every year.
IOCL’s AOD is also expanding production capacity at its Bongaigaon LPG plant in Assam to 120,000 MTPA from the current 60,000 MTPA. This expansion will be completed by March 2023.
About IOCL: Indian Oil Corporation Limited was established in 1959 as Indian Oil Company. It is a Government of India PSU, and is among Fortune Global 500 companies. It is also a Maharatna company, and has an annual total refining capacity of 80.55 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA), accounting for approximately 32% share of India’s total refining capacity.