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The last Krishnapaksha ekadashi was not a day of fasting

Date: 
May 31, 2008

The last Krishnapaksha ekadashi, that fell on 31st May 2008, was not a day of fasting... instead it marked the beginning of sumptuous mid day meals for several school children of schools in and around Mangalore, thanks to ISKON's (International Society of Krishna Consciousness) "Akshayapatra" and MRPL.

The previous night's showers had brought relief and the air was cool at the 5th Block, Kattipalla DK Zilla Panchayat Higher Primary "Krishna Palemar School" grounds. A colourful pandal seated several smiling children and teachers, members of the media, dignitaries from local administration and MRPL.

Shri S K Kadri, who has now retired from the post of DGM (P&HR), who had been the chief architect of this "mid-day meal scheme in partnership with ISKON" emceed the formal inaugural function. Shri R Rajamani, MD, MRPL inaugurated the scheme by lighting the lamp even as soulful music filled the air.

Post the inauguration Shri R. Rajamani, spoke of our corporate social responsibility programme "Samrakshan" and the gamut of activities it is doing silently in the area of health, education, community welfare, rural education etc. Speaking about the mid-day meal scheme he said the MRPL will coordinate with ISKON to provide mid-day meal facility to 2,400 students of nine schools, in and around MRPL. This will be extended to another 2,500 children of 10 schools in the second phase, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, His Grace Dharma Krishna Das, Member of Akshaya Patra Foundation of ISKON said that nearly 8.5 lakh students get the benefit of Iskon's mid-day meal programme in six States in the country. He termed the mid-day meal programme as a true public-private partnership in reducing the school drop-out rate in rural areas. He pointed out that spiritual bankruptcy is a major issue that is resulting in hunger and other disturbances in and around the world and when one serves the community one serves God.

Once the formal stage function was over, Shri Rajamani flagged off the "meal van" that would ferry the nutritious food prepared at the ISKON kitchen, to the schools. To begin with the scheme will be operational at Cheleiru and Kattipalla Govt Schools.

Then the dignitaries, including Shri Rajamani stood behind the food table and served piping-hot food to the children of the school–a picture of dignity and magnanimity...totally capturing the spirit of "Samrakshan".

The function which was organised by MRPL, ISKON & the D K Zilla Panchayat was simple, yet memorable and was graced by Shri Sucharitha Shetty, President D K Zilla Panchayat, P Basheer Ahmed, Corporator-Ward III, Smt Dayawati, Zilla Panchayat Education Officer (Akshara Dasoha), Shri Lakshminarayana, GGM (HR), MRPL, Shri Karunya Sagara Dasa, Manager Ops (ISKON), Smt B C Prameela, HM, Shri Ramesh, GM (QC), MRPL, Shri P A Jose, DGM (P&A), Shri Ramanan & Shri Raman Bhat from MRPL.

Shri Yathiraj Salian and Shri Shrisha who have now taken the mantle from Shri Kadri were full of "Samrakshan" as they energetically attended to all gathered there.

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MRPL hosts cutting-edge knowledge intervention on E-Procurement

Date: 
May 20, 2008

Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL), an ONGC Group Company with mini ratna I and AAA rating, hosted a cutting-edge materials management knowledge intervention on E-procurement, conducted by Institute of Materials Management (IIMM), Bangalore.

Speaking at the seminar, Shri R Rajamani, Managing Director, MRPL underlined the advantages of E-procurement. Shri K S Koppalkar, Group General Manager (Materials & IS) further spelt out MRPL's progress in switching to E-procurement. MRPL has appointed M/s M Junction, Kolkata, as ASP's for E-Procurement and has also successfully completed E-auction of scrap material.

Shri K C Harsha, VP(South), IIMM Bangalore and Shri P Srinivasa Rao, National Council Member, IIMM Bangalore conducted the programme, which attended by around 30 Purchase, Logistics & Warehousing professionals from MRPL, MCF, KIOCL, BASF & MAHE Group.

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MRPL Records Excellent Performance in FY 2007-08 Net Profit up 142%, Turnover up14% . Board announces dividend of 12%

Date: 
May 07, 2008

Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd, an ONGC Group Company and a Mini Ratna I, announced its audited results for Q4 and for Financial Year 2007-08., recording scorching growth and setting benchmarks in performance.

Highlights of FY 2007-08

  • Highest ever Refinery Crude Thruput at 12.55 MMT (up from 12.53 MMT)
  • Highest ever capacity utilization at 130%, up 1% from 129%, Highest capacity utilization amongst all Indian Refineries,
  • Highest ever turnover at Rs. 37,339 crore , up 14% from Rs. 32,208 crore,
  • Highest ever Profit after tax of Rs. 1272 crore, up by 142% from Rs. 525 crores

In FY 2007-08 MRPL's performance on fiscal and physical parameters have been commendable and the company earned a net profit of Rs. 1,272 crore as compared to Rs. 525 crore in the previous year, after providing for Interest and finance charges of Rs. 148 crore (Rs.215 crore), depreciation of Rs. 378 crore (Rs 355 crore) and tax liability of Rs.461 crore (Rs. 563 crore). The exports during the year were Rs. 11,232 crore (Rs.11,637 crore).

The Board of Directors recommended a dividend of 12% ( vis a vis the previous year's 8%). Despite substantial improvement in financial performance, the recommendation of the Board, to increase the dividend marginally is due to the large requirement of funds for the ongoing Refinery Upgradation and expansion project, involving capex in excess of Rs. 8,000 crore and also the continuing heavy under-recoveries in the direct sale of products.

PERFORMANCE in the Q4 :
During the Fourth Quarter ended 31st March 2008, MRPL has recorded turnover of Rs.10812 crores (Rs.7737 crores) and earned net profit of Rs. 225 crore (Rs.182 crore) after providing for Interest Rs. 36 crore (Rs.47 crore), Depreciation Rs. 95 crores (Rs.93 crore) and Tax provision of Rs. 84 crore (Rs. 300 crore). The thruput for the quarter is 3.15 MMT (3.20 MMT).

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS :
-The Company continues its excellent performance in Energy Conservation. In recognition of this, MRPL has been awarded for the fourth consecutive year the 'Jawaharlal Nehru Centenary award for energy efficiency' by Center for High Technology, MOPNG.
-The Oil Industry Safety Directorate has awarded 2nd prize in Oil Industry Safety Award 2006-07 under group one category.
-The Company bagged the National Safety Award from Ministry of Labour and Employment GOI for 2006 under scheme 2.
-The Company bagged the best export award by FKCCI for highest volume of Export through New Mangalore Port Trust during 2006-07.

ACCREDITATION :
-MRPL's quality control laboratory has been accredited by National Accreditation Board for Laboratories (NABL).
-CRISIL has reaffirmed the "CCR AAA" rating, indicating highest degree of strength, with regard to honoring debt obligations.
-ICRA has also reaffirmed the rating of "Ir AAA", indicating highest credit quality.

MARKETING INITIATIVES :
The Company's first Retail Outlet 'HiQ' was launched in the month of January 2008 at Maddur ( Mysore - Bangalore highway). Two more retail outlets are in advanced stage of completion and are likely to be operational shortly. The Company is cautiously moving to set up about 10 retail outlets in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh during the financial year 2008-09.

MRPL has entered into aviation fueling business with Shell Aviation, the global leader in Aviation fueling business. A joint venture company has been formed in name of 'Shell MRPL Aviation Fuel and Service Pvt. Ltd.'.

STATUS OF PROJECTS :

  1. The Company has received the environmental clearance for Phase III expansion project. The project among other improvement envisages primarily increasing the capacity of crude thruput from 9.69 MMTPA to 15 MMTPA, addition of secondary processing unit for increasing the distillate yield and capacity to process high tan crude The land acquisition work is complete and relocation of project affected people in progress. This will facilitate commencement of site activities. The contractors are already at site for commencement of site grading work. Selection of Licensors for Process Technology for major Licenced Units has already been completed and the Basic Engineering & Design work is under progress. Tendering Process for critical Units viz. 3 MMTPA Crude & Vacuum Distillation Unit, Captive Power Plant, Crude Storage tanks and LPG mounded bullets is in progress.
  2. India's largest - diameter LPG mounded bullets were commissioned in February 2008, thereby creating additional storage facility of 4,500 Metric Tonnes of LPG, to meet the contingency requirement for smooth operation.
  3. The environment clearance for Aromatic Complex proposed to be set up in SEZ by ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Ltd (SPV of ONGC-MRPL) has already been received. The Licensor's selection for the Aromatics Complex has been completed and Basic Engineering & design work already commenced.
  4. Process packages are under preparation for the low cost revamp of the existing crude distillation unit and Gas Oil Desulphurisation unit (GOHDS).

Corporate Social Responsibility :
The Company as a socially conscious corporate continues its 'Samrakshan', programme through multifarious contributions like providing electricity for drawing water at rehabilitation colony for drinking water, donation of medical equipment to hospitals, construction of anganwadi building, donating scientific teaching aids, scholarships to deserving students, providing infrastructure facility to schools, women's help programmes, providing generators to hospitals, development of parks in the city etc.

Completion of 5 years under ONGC Management :
MRPL completed 5 years under ONGC's management on 29th March 2008. During these 5 years, the turnover of the Company increased from Rs.8,581crore to Rs.37,339 crore, capacity utilisation increased from 75% to 129% and Refinery thruput from 7.24 MMTPA to 12.54 MMTPA. Debt Equity ratio has reduced from 3.45:1 to less than 0.5:1 and the Company is now having corporate credit rating of "AAA" by CRISIL and ICRA, as against virtually a sick Company 5 years back. Shareholders have seen appreciation in their share value by more than 20 times and are now receiving regular dividend for last 4 years. MRPL thus presents a unique example in the Indian Corporate History of a Public Sector Company turning around virtually sick Private Sector Company.

Speaking on the occasion Shri R.S. Sharma, Chairman complimented Team MRPL for sustained all round excellent performance during the year and thanked all the stakeholders for their unstinted support and confidence in MRPL.

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