June 27, 2018 / 11:29 AM / 10 months ago

India to build two more strategic petroleum reserves - minister

Piyush Goyal attends a seminar during the second day of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar in Gujarat January 12, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The cabinet on Wednesday approved establishment of two strategic petroleum reserves (SPRs) with a total capacity of 6.5 mln tonnes, interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said.

India will set up a 4.4-million-tonnes SPR at Chandikhol in Odisha, and a 2.5-million-tonnes facility at Padur in Karnataka.

India has built three SPR of 5.33 million tonnes in southern India equivalent to meet 10 days of crude requirement.

The two planned SPRs will be provide additional supply of about 12 days.

India to approach potential investors for operating the SPRs on public private partnership.

ADNOC has leased a part of the existing storage at Padur.

Establishment of SPRs will significantly help India’s energy security and insulate the country from external price and supply shocks.

Reporting by Promit Mukherjee; Editing by Sunil Nair

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