$85 billion petroleum investment in Andhra Pradesh?

ONGC Ltd has decided to exit the proposed refinery-cum-petrochemicals project at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh, making way for the GMR Group, which will hold 51% equity in the project that was originally to cost Rs 31,000 crore. The project is part of Andhra Pradesh’s Petroleum Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR) proposed over 600 square miles and envisaged to attract investments worth Rs 340,000 crore over the next ten years. GMR’s entry is expected to put PCPIR on the fast-track now.

However, the refinery project is likely to cost close to Rs 40,000 crore with GMR indicating that it would like to increase the capacity upwards of 20 million tonnes to make it more viable, sources privy to the proceedings of a board meeting today told DNA Money.

It is understood that GMR has proposed a higher capacity upwards of 20 million tonnes of refining to make the export oriented project more viable. Reliance Industries had started its own refinery with a capacity of 30 million tonnes and was now going in for an expansion, it was pointed out at the board meeting held on Monday.

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