MRPL Celebrates Environment Impact Day

June 12, 2008

Every year the world observes 5th June 2008 as the World Environment Day reminding all of us to respect and honour this beautiful blue planet and keep it healthy and clean so that generations can enjoy long lives, breathing clean pure air, drinking good water and eating good non toxic food. This year the theme chosen was "Kick your habit–Lower your Co2 emissions."

MRPL chose to observe Environment Celebrations on 12th June 2008 to deliver the impact of the message.

Shri Ramesh Kumar, Environment Officer, KSPCB and Dr Sandeep Sancheti, Director NITK, Suratkal were the Chief Guests and Shri R Rajamani, MD, MRPL presided.

The proceedings were started by Mr Lakshminarayana, GGM(HR) who captured the context of the "environment day celebrations" itself.

Next Shri Upadhya, GGM (TS) spoke about the measures taken by MRPL in environment management. The points from his speech are given at the close of this report.

Pledges in Kannda (served by Vandana Joshi) Hindi (Dr Budhiram Pal) and English were taken by the gathering :
"I pledge to do all in my power

  • To protect nature and its life-giving and life sustaining resources.
  • To avoid wasteful use of energy and water resources
  • To maintain sanitary and clean conditions around homes, work areas and public places
  • To prevent pollution of our precious water resources by preventing careless disposal of waste matter.
  • To spread environmental awareness among our fellow citizens"

Then Shri Ramesh made a moving speech about how we in India start the day with " ...Paadasparsham Kshmasvame" seeking forgiveness from Mother Earth for stepping on her. He spoke about the "bhoomi poojas", the "shanti poojas" and the "prayaschitha poojas" done before cutting trees, clearing forests etc.

He spoke of how Corporates are now taking the initiative in caring and nurturing earth and its resources citing examples set by Walmart and the "walkometer" given to their employees with incentives for walkers. "Pick Right", make the right choices, Shri Ramesh urged, choose CFL bulbs, walk don't drive, reduce carbon emissions at every possible step. Dr Sancheti's talk drew from his wealth of experience in "electrical engineering".

He cautioned us about the invisible radiation in the air caused by all the radiowaves going back and forth from the cellphones being used in abundance. "We are cooking our brains" he said, "particularly when there is a critical number of cellphone users all gathered in the same area are all using the same."

He too spoke of good electrical wiring, CFL bulbs and switching off electrical appliances and utilities when not in use, as essentials in caring for Nature and environment.

Before stepping up to make his Presidential address, Shri R Rajamani officially released the "Policy on Climate Change" adopted by MRPL, by handing over a woodframed plaque to Shri Upadhya.

Shri Rajamani said that it is paradoxical that increased energy consumption is seen as an indicator of a Nation's progress as this leads to higher carbon emissions. He spoke of the wonderful "Variable Speed Drive" employed in MRPL Refinery which saves on tremendous energy.

He spoke about the solar water heaters in the township, the bio gas plant, the solar lamps near the MRPL Club. He spoke about a bus being planned to ferry people from the township to the office and encouraging car pooling.

He advocated the use of Autogas LPG and CNG, again of switching off pcs, monitors, cabin lights while not in office. He pointed out that full mailboxes increase energy consumption and therefore needs to be cleaned periodically.

Prizes were distributed to the winners of the competitions held by Environment Group of MRPL–employees, children from MRPL and nearby schools came by turn as their name was read out and received their prizes from the Chief Guests and MD.

The programme was compered by Shri P P Shenoy, GM (Environment). After the National Anthem everyone proceeded to the old tennis court area behind the club and planted trees.

Highlights of Mr Upadhya's speech

  • Comprehensive risk assessment for refinery conducted during the year.
  • Biogas plant commissioned and gas produced being utilized in the canteen.
  • Refinery obtained ISO14001:2004 certification from M/S TUV.
  • Bioremediation 1000 of oily sludge being conducted by M/S The Energy and Resources Institute,
    New Delhi is in the advanced stage of completion. Bioremediation of another 1000 T sludge has commenced.
  • Work Environment Monitoring is conducted by M/S Central Labour Institute, New Delhi.
  • Comprehensive VOC/LDAR program is derived and implemented in the refinery.
  • Comprehensive Environmental Impact assessment study for the refinery is being conducted by M/S National Environmental
    Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur.
  • CDM projects are identified stake holders meet is completed.
  • Secondary seals being provided for crude and product tanks for reducing the fugitive emissions.
  • Gauge pole socks are provided for tanks for reducing the fugitive emissions.
  • Periodic medical check-up is being conducted for all the employees. An advanced gas chromatograph
    is procured for analysis of Benzene.
  • Comprehensive action plan is prepared for the timely implementation of the revised emissions
    standards stipulated in The Environment Protection act Amendment Rules 2008.
  • In house R&D on spent caustic treatment using chlorine dioxide is successful and further
    optimization of the process under different conditions being studied.
  • M/S National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad is conducting geophysical studies for
    identifying the suspected oily water leakage fat Nitrogen plant.
  • Decoking to furnaces using hydrokinectics.
  • Solar lights are installed at township and WWTP.

Environmental Performance:

  • Effluent treatment plant operation was normal throughout the year
  • Treated Effluent quality was well within the KSPCB limits.
  • Seawater quality monitoring by M/S College of Fisheries is indicating
    no adverse effect on the marine environment due to treated effluent discharge.
  • Average treated effluent recycle to cooling towers during the year was 72%
  • Rainwater harvesting facility in the refinery is being operated and
    recovery of water is about 30,000 m3/month.
  • Condensate recovery scheme implemented in CPP area and the total
    recovery of water is about 8.5 m3/hr. Condensate recovery scheme is being implemented in the
    other process units also.


  • Various energy conservation schemes are implemented.
  • F&L is minimum among Indian Refineries.
  • SRU units are running with more than 99% efficiency
  • Ambient air quality monitoring being done as per the guidelines CPCB. All the parameters
    were well within the limits stipulated by NAAQS
  • Flaring is minimized by proper monitoring.
  • Daily Average Sulphur dioxide emissions from the refinery is kept below the KSPCB limits (24.0 T/day)
  • Average sulphur content maintained in the fuel oil is 0.80 %
  • Furnace cleaning GTG technology for saving energy up to 0.12 TPH and yield improvement up to 8 TPH
  • Closed loop sampling is implemented in the process units for avoiding the oil draining to OWS.

Solid Waste Management and Implementation of SCMC Recommendations

  • Spent catalysts being sold MoEF/CPCB registered recyclers, 1000 T of spent catalyst already disposed
  • Spent activated carbon will disposed M/S ACC Limited, Wadi Facility. Total quantity disposed is 430 T.

Noise Pollution Control:

  • Acoustic Enclosure provided for APMC pumping station DG sets.
  • Acoustic hood for Refrigeration compressor at ISOM unit reduced noise level up 6 dB

Projects under implementation:

  • Continuous ambient Air Quality Monitoring station installation.
  • Sulphur pastillation unit
  • Acoustic enclosure for Sarapady pumping station DG sets

Greenbelt Development:

  • Development of Mango orchid and plantation of avenue trees is being done.
  • Gardens at DC office and Customs office is developed and being maintained by MRPL.
  • Kadri park is being developed with investment of about Rs. 60.0 lakhs.(about 1500 –2000 trees will be planted in the park)

Future Projects:

  • Vapour recovery system for Naphtha Truck loading terminal
  • GOHDS revamp for increasing the production of BS-II and Euro-III quality diesel.
  • Software for optimization MS & Diesel blending.
  • Installation of one more Continuous ambient air quality monitoring station.
  • Procurement high volume sampler for measuring PM2.5