MoEF asks HPCL to hold public hearing for Rajasthan Plant
Hyderabad: The Environment Ministry has asked state-owned Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) to hold public hearing for its proposed Rs 37,230 crore refinery-cum-petrochemical complex in Barmer district of Rajasthan.
According to a report by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the petroleum major has also to get the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report and Environment Management Plan (EMP) for the 9 MMTPA (million metric tonnes per annum) Complex.
The EAC also said the draft EIA/EMP report should be submitted to Rajasthan Pollution Control Board before the public hearing.
"The draft EIA/EMP report should be submitted to the Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board for conducting public hearing/consultation. The issues emerged and response to the issues raised during public hearing should be incorporated in the EIA/EMP report and submitted to the Ministry for obtaining environmental clearance," EAC said in its report made public recently.
HPCL had approached MoEF for environmental clearance and the proposal was reviewed by the EAC last month.
The project will be set up as a joint venture between HPCL, Rajasthan State Refinery Limited and other equity partners.
"Issues raised in the public hearing and commitments made by the project proponent on the same should be included separately in EIA/EMP Report with financial budget for complying with the commitments made," the EAC further said.
According to the details submitted to the ministry, the plot area for the project will be 3,866 acres and 50 per cent of the crude requirement would be sourced from Rajasthan and balance from Persian Gulf.
A 210 Megawatt gas-based power plant will also be set up for captive use.
The refinery-cum-petrochemical complex is designed to produce motor fuels with latest environmental specifications and wide range of petrochemicals.
The mega project is expected to take about 4 years to go on stream after getting necessary approvals.