GUWAHATI: Numaligarh Refinery Limited on Wednesday hosted a high-level delegation from the US Embassy led by US Ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster. This is Juster’s first visit to the State since he took over in November 2017. Ambassador Juster was accompanied by Consul General Patti Hoffman and officials from the US Consulate General, Kolkata. The delegation was received and greeted by NRL managing director SK Barua and other senior officials of the company.
The discussions were held primarily on possible areas of collaboration and cooperation of NRL with American companies in the backdrop of the NRL’s upcoming mega expansion project to enhance its refining capacity from 3.0 MMTPA to 9.0 MMTPA. Refining companies in India have often adopted US- based technology and services, with USA playing a major role in oil and gas industry of the world.
In his interaction Ambassador Juster said, “The US Embassy would be pleased to facilitate involvement of US companies in Numaligarh Refinery’s expansion plans”.
Barua thanked Ambassador Juster for taking this initiative and expressed hope that the deliberations would further open up avenues for NRL to collaborate with US companies as it embarks on its mega expansion drive.
It is worth mentioning that the NRL’s refinery in Numaligarh has two major units with technology adopted from USA – Hydrocracker unit from M/s Chevron and Coke Calcination Unit from Svedala.
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