New Delhi (Sputnik) — Augmenting India's energy security, the Narendra Modi government has approved the establishment of two new strategic petroleum reserves of 6.5 Million Metric Tons. The two facilities will come up at Chandikhol in Odisha and Padur in Karnataka, including construction of dedicated single point mooring for the two reserves.
"The SPR facilities at Chandikhol and Padur will be underground rock caverns and will have capacities of 4 MMT and 2.5 MMT respectively," a government statement reads.
Thank Hon. PM @narendramodi ji for approving the establishment of 6.5MMT of Strategic Petroleum Reserve at Chandikhol in Odisha & Padur in Karnataka. India takes another major step on strategic Petroleum Reserves, giving a boost to India’s energy security. pic.twitter.com/uAk1tHmfAu— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) June 27, 2018
"The total 5.33 million metric ton capacity is currently estimated to supply approximately 10 days of India's crude requirement according to the consumption data for FY2016-17. Cabinet's approval for establishing additional 6.5 million metric ton strategic petroleum reserve facilities will provide an additional supply of about 12 days," the government statement added.
India has started setting up petroleum reserves across the country, as per country's Integrated Energy Policy of 2006, which recommended "to maintain a reserve, equivalent to 90 days of oil imports for strategic cum-buffer stock purposes…which can be used to address short-term price volatility. Operating the strategic/buffer reserves in cooperation with other countries who maintain such reserves could also increase their effectiveness."
India has also been offering foreign oil producers opportunities to invest and store their reserves in these storage facilities so that beyond the strategic reserve, they can supply crude to West Asian refiners to reduce their freight costs for both South Asia and South East Asia.