Hyderabad/Mangaluru: Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) and Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, (IICT) a premier CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) lab under the Ministry of Science and Technology entered into a Master Research Alliance Agreement for collaborative research on 7th March 7, 2023, at Hyderabad in presence of Dr Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology.
Sanjay Varma, Director (Refinery) MRPL, Dr D. Srinivasa Reddy, Director, CSIR-IICT, and other eminent scientists and industry leaders were also present on the occasion. Sathyanarayana H.C. Group General Manager (Technical Services), MRPL and Dr D. Shailaja, Chair, Business Development Research Management (BDRM), IICT signed the Master Research Alliance Agreement
Under this Master Research Alliance Agreement, MRPL and IICT will work towards a number of collaborative R&D areas such as the valorization of low-value refinery streams, and CO2 capture. This partnership is in line with India’s ambitious environmental plans and its Panchamrita promises to the world, which includes achieving Net Zero by the year 2070, reducing the country’s carbon intensity and emissions and promoting clean energy. MRPL is committed to developing competitive indigenous technologies for carbon capture and utilization, which will contribute towards achieving these promises and promoting sustainable development.
MRPL has taken major steps in the domain of sustainable fuel production. It is setting up a feed-agnostic 2G ethanol plant of 60 KLPD capacity and is in the process of setting up first in the country 20 KLPD bio-ATF plant integrated with the refinery. MRPL has recently signed an MOU with the Ministry of Defence, Government of India for setting up a Bio-ATF plant in its refinery complex.