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IOC to set up merchant power plants

business Updated: Apr 25, 2011 23:05 IST
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As a strategic diversification planned to capture fat margins in power trading, the state-run Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is planning to enter the merchant power business, its chairman and managing director RS Butola has said.

IOC, which currently has a captive power capacity of around 1200 mw, plans to set up merchant power plants with petcoke as a fuel. Petcoke is a refinery residue. IOC, the country’s largest oil refiner, produces it in large quantities at its refineries.

Butola said IOC is working out a detailed blueprint for the foray. “While refining and marketing of fuel will continue to remain IOC’s strength and core business area, my endeavour will be to build a strong technical expertise in the E&P (exploration and production),” he said. “Till we do so, I will strengthen IOC in the core business areas as well as the entry into gas.”

Indian Oil is a partners of the country’s largest LNG firm, Petronet LNG Ltd.