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CALS signs MoU with WBIDC for Rs 20K cr project CALS Refineries — promoted by the Spice group with interests in aviation, construction and hospitality, apart from oil and gas — has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) and the Haldia Development Authority (HDA) for a Rs 20,000 crore refinery project in Haldia. 
 
CALS Refineries CEO Manabendra Guha Roy said, “West Bengal has emerged as an important industrial destination in India. Bhattacharjee welcomed the steps taken by CALS and reaffirmed support for the company’s future expansion plans. 
 
The project will be completed in three phases. The first phase, involving an investment of Rs 4,000 crore for a 50-lakh tonnes capacity project, will generate direct and indirect employment for 1,500 people. About 400 acres was readily available and the first phase would be commissioned by the first quarter of 2010. 
 
The second phase will create employment for another 1,500 people and will be commissioned by the end of 2010. 
 
The third phase will be a greenfield project at Nayachar once the infrastructure is ready. There will be an investment of Rs 12,000 crore and employment for 6,000-8,000 people will be generated. The final phase will be commissioned in 2013. 
 
Sen said the employment generation would be more in downstream industries. “It is all about adding value to the existing downstream industries in Haldia,” he said. 
 
Bhattacharjee said the CALS Refineries investment was an important step for the state in the background of the proposed Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR) project. 
 
CALS has already spent around Rs 360 crore towards payment of equipment, supply, basic engineering and initial project enabling work. Site activities will begin by April and shipments of equipment are expected to arrive in Haldia from July. 
 
The current phase of the refinery will be implemented by transplanting the main process units and equipment from Bayernoil Refinery in Ingalstadtt, Germany and supplementary units from Petro Canada Refinery in Edmonton, Canada. The balance utilities and offsite facilities will be supplied and erected indigenously. 
 
The refinery process units are designed by process-licensing companies such as UOP-USA, Snamprogetti-Italy, Lurgi-Germany, Amoco-USA and Foster Wheeler USA. All the licenses will be transferred to CALS to operate the Haldia plant.