NRL's main gate
NRL main gate. File photo

The Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) has planned to recruit around 550 people in the next four year in the public sector oil company as part of its mega expansion project.

NRL managing director SK Barua said that apart from direct employment to 550 people, over 12,000 indirect jobs will be created during the construction of the new project.

The Northeast India’s largest refinery has taken up a Rs 22,594 crore mega expansion project.

“We will require about 550 more people to fully operationalise the refinery post commissioning,” Barua told a news agency.

The current strength of the NRL is 874, including management and non-management staff.

Barua said that already 68 freshers have been hired from different engineering institutes.

He said that other than the permanent staff, at the construction stage itself, about 12,000 contract workers will be hired.

The contract employees will be hired as contractors, sub-contractors, vendors, suppliers, transporters, hoteliers and vehicle hiring agencies.

The NRL is tripling its capacity from existing 3 MMTPA to 9 MMTPA at an investment of Rs 22,594 crore, which includes a 1,398 km-long crude oil pipeline of 9 MMTPA from Odisha’s Paradip to Assam’s Numaligarh and a 654 km-long product pipeline of 6 MMTPA from Numaligarh to West Bengal’s Siliguri.

Regarding the status of the project, Baruah said that the pre-project activities are in full swing.

“The construction work is expected to begin from November this year considering receipt of all statutory clearances, including those related to environment, by then,” he added.

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