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U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster at NRL. Image - Northeast Now

US ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster and Numaligarh Refinery (NFR) MD SK Barua recently held discussions on possible areas of cooperation and collaboration in view of NRL’s mega expansion plans.

A press communique received issued by Madhuchanda Adhikari Choudhury, Deputy General Manager, Corporate Communications, NRL stated that Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) recently hosted a high level delegation from the U.S. Embassy at New Delhi led by U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster.

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Ambassador Juster was accompanied by Consul General of USA, Kolkata, Patti Hoffman, Consul for Political and Economic Affairs, Kolkata, Prasenjit Gupta and Public Affairs Officer James Dragon.

The delegation was received and greeted by NRL MD SK Barua and other senior officials of the company.

“The discussions were held primarily on possible areas of collaboration and cooperation of NRL with American companies in the backdrop of the NRL’s upcoming mega expansion project to enhance its refining capacity from 3.0 MMTPA to 9.0 MMTPA,” the communique said.

Refining companies in India have often adopted US based technology and services, with USA playing a major role in Oil and Gas industry of the world.

NRL’s Refinery in Numaligarh has two major units with technology adopted from USA viz. Hydrocracker unit from M/s Chevron and Coke Calcination Unit from Svedala.

During the interaction, Ambassador Juster said, “The US Embassy would be pleased to facilitate involvement of US companies in Numaligarh Refinery’s expansion plans.”

SK Barua thanked Ambassador Juster for taking this initiative and expressed hope that the deliberations would further open up avenues for NRL to collaborate with US companies as it embarks on its mega expansion drive.

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com

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