Indian oil firm builds effluent treatment plant to cut freshwater use

Indian Oil’s Gujarat refinery is investing Rs 160 crores (US$ 24.1 million) in setting up a reverse osmosis (RO) plant at its 13.7 million-tonnes-a-year refinery.

Construction of the RO plant is scheduled for completion by March 2016. The RO facility will be deployed in the reuse of treated effluent to reduce fresh water consumption.

“We want to reduce the use of fresh water in our refinery operations by maximizing reuse recycling of effluent water and reduce discharge to a bare minimum quantity,” said executive director of the Gujarat refinery, Dhar Gupta,

“The RO plant is one such step towards environmental protection and water conservation,” Gupta added.