IOC to invest Rs 1.75 lakh cr in 7 years, expand output by 54%

On the payments for Iran, IOC said it has $500 million dollars in pending dues, and the Centre is discussing the modalities of the payment.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | Mumbai | Published:September 16, 2015 2:17 am

Public sector Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) will be investing Rs 1,75,000 crore over the next seven years to expand output by 54 per cent to around 100 million tonnes per annum.

“We have a capex plan of Rs 1.75 trillion over the next seven years. And out of this, Rs 50,000 crore will be for brownfield expansion at existing facilities,” IOC chairman B Ashok told reporters after the company’s 56th annual general meeting here.

He said the investment will increase its total output to close to 100 million tonnes per annum from the present 65 million tonnes.

On the capex programme, he said the state-run company will be investing Rs 35,000 crore into marketing, Rs 15,000 crore for pipelines, Rs 35,000 crore into exploration and production, Rs 30,000 crore into petrochemical projects, and Rs 7,000 crore into gas.

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On the payments for Iran, he said Indian Oil Corporation has $500 million dollars in pending dues, and the government is discussing the modalities of the payment. Indian Oil Corporation hopes that the payment will be done in two or three installments, he added.

The country is set to pay Iran $700 million to clear more than one-tenth of the outstanding oil dues, ahead of the expected lifting of sanctions against Tehran.

The Reserve Bank of India will make payments of $6.5 billion in past oil dues to Iran “in a calibrated manner so that there is no pressure on exchange rate”, a senior finance ministry official had said on Tuesday.

The Indian Oil Corporation scrip shed 0.85 per cent to close at Rs 398.50 a piece on the Bombay Stock Exchange, as against a 0.58 per cent correction in the benchmark Sensex.

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