Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited

Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited
Type PSU
Industry Petroleum
Founded 1965
Headquarters Flag of India.svg Chennai, India
Key people Sarthak Behuria, Chairman
Products Petrol, Diesel, Kerosene, LPG, Petrochemicals
Website www.cpcl.co.in


Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited (CPCL), formerly known as Madras Refineries Limited (MRL) is located at Manali(Tamil Nadu), near Chennai, Tamilnadu. It was formed as a joint venture in 1965 between the Government of India (GOI), AMOCO and National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) having a share holding in the ratio 74%: 13%: 13% respectively. From the grassroots stage CPCL Refinery was set up with an installed capacity of 2.5 Million Tonnes Per Annum (MMTPA) in a record time of 27 months at a cost of Rs. 43 crore without any time or cost over run.

In 1985, AMOCO disinvested in favour of GOI and the shareholding percentage of GOI and NIOC stood revised at 84.62% and 15.38% respectively. Later GOI disinvested 16.92% of the paid up capital in favor of Unit Trust of India, Mutual Funds, Insurance Companies and Banks on 19 May 1992, thereby reducing its holding to 67.7 %. The public issue of CPCL shares at a premium of Rs. 70 (Rs. 90 to FIIs) in 1994 was over subscribed to an extent of 27 times and added a large shareholder base of over 90000.As a part of the restructuring steps taken up by the Government of India, Indian Oil Corporation Limited ( IOCL) acquired equity from GOI in 2000-01 Currently IOC holds 51.88% while NIOC continued its holding at 15.40%.

At present, refinery has a capacity of 9.5 MMTPA ,which is one of the most complex refineries in India with Fuel, Lube, Wax and Petrochemical feedstocks production facilities.

Apart from Manali, Chennai, CPCL has another refinery in panangudi, Nagapattinam.(Cauvery basin).

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