Bongaigaon Refinery marching ahead to meet energy needs of Assam
DHUBRI: Executive Director and Refinery Head of Bongaigaon Refinery (BGR), IOCL, Amarendra Kalita said that soon the industrial scenario of this part of Assam would witness a sea change following the expansion of important production units in the refinery. Kalita said this while interacting with prominent media persons of lower Assam districts on the sidelines of power-point projection and interpretation at Champa Club auditorium recently. With new Indmax project commissioning, crude oil refining capacity would be increased to 2.7 MMTPA from the existing capacity of 2.35 MMTPA, Kalita added.
Kalita said that BGR was the 9th refinery of Indian Oil and also the only one operating in the lower Assam region. It has been serving the energy need of the State and the nation as a whole for nearly 50 years. He added that as India was going to BS-VI from BS-IV, Team BGR was cruising ahead for the timely completion of the BS-VI Project. As per Auto Fuel Quality Vision policy, 2025 and declaration of the Government of India on January 6, 2016, it was proposed to implement BS-VI grade fuel in the entire country with effect from April 1, 2020, Kalita said.
When asked about the activities under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Kalita spoke about the social welfare activities carried out in the past few years and also informed about the ongoing future projects. He added that Bongaigaon Refinery successfully combined its corporate social responsibility agenda with its business offerings, meeting the energy needs of the people of Lower Assam. Bongaigaon Refinery has been partnering communities in which it operates by supporting innumerable initiatives connected with health, family welfare, education, environment protection, provision of potable water, sanitation and empowerment of women and other marginalized groups. Bongaigaon Refinery is actively involved in the Swachha Bharat Abhiyan launched by the Government of India by building toilets in schools in two districts, namely Bongaigaon and Chirang, he further informed.
Kalita, while pointing out some major projects implemented in the meantime, said that there had been a consistent visible impact on nearby communities by adopting new initiatives on cleanliness. CSR projects included support to BGR HS School, provision of free medical services through Indian Oil Chikitsa Seva Kendra at Kukurmari and through mobile medical units, drinking water projects in villages in the Indo-Bhutan border, renovation of schools in the neighborhood and also providing support to aspirational districts (as identified by Niti Aayog) of Barpeta and Goalpara, the Executive Director said.
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