GUWAHATI: Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) has joined hands with Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IITG) to develop bio-degradable plastics from oil and bio-refinery streams. An R&D project with a financial involvement of Rs. 4 crore has been identified as the first project to be taken up at the ‘NRL Centre of Excellence on Sustainable materials’ to be set up in IITG.
Earlier, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Numaligarh Refinery Limited and IITG for establishing ‘NRL Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Materials’ at the premier institute of learning today. The MoU was signed between Sr. CGM (Corporate Affairs) Numaligarh Refinery Limited, Nikunja Borthakur and Director, IITG Prof. Dr. T.G.Sitharam in the presence of Dean (R&D), IITG Prof. Gopal Das and other officials from NRL and IITG. The MoU shall be applicable for a period of five years.
NRL Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Materials’ (NCESM) will facilitate further research activities in development of sustainable materials from Oil and Bio-refinery streams, which is in sync with NRL’s Environment Management Policy. Further, specific R&D projects will be sponsored by NRL under this MoU for which project specific Memorandum of Agreement (MoAs) will be signed separately. NRL employees will be actively engaged in the R&D projects under NCESM.
This collaboration is expected to boost industry-academia interaction for enhancing engineering and technological competence through R&D activities and would address-challenges faced by industries like NRL, stated a press release.