Essar Oil’s Vadinar refinery in Gujarat started commercial production in May 1, 2008. Having completed its phase 1 expansion (March 2012) and optimisation (June 2012) projects, it is now India's second largest single - location refinery, with an annual capacity of 20 mmtpa, or 405,000 barrels per day (bpd) up from 14.7 mmtpa/ 300,000 bpd previously, and a complexity of 11.8, up from 6.1 previously. This puts the Vadinar refinery amongst the world's most complex refineries. Vadinar refinery can now process a heavier crude diet and yet produce higher value, high-quality products, which will lead to increased refining margins.
Essar Oil, through a franchise model, today operates approximately 3,200+ operating retail fuel outlets across India. Another 2,600+ are in various stages of implementation. The company is now looking at expanding its retail network. Additionally, the company is increasing non-fuel retailing activities in this portfolio of retail outlets to provide an additional source of revenue.
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