Numaligarh Refinery Limited has started despatch of wax in liquid form which will result in energy saving.
The first consignment was ceremonially flagged off from Numaligarh Refinery Marketing Terminal by Director(Technical) B J Phukan on June 3 last to Kharagpur in West Bengal, an official release said in Guwahati on Tuesday. Dispatch of wax in liquid form would result in energy savings associated with its solidification at the refinery end and liquefaction of the same at the user’s end. Though dispatch of liquid wax in international trade is not uncommon, such efforts on the part of a domestic inland refinery is unique, the release said.
The 50,000 metric tonnes wax plant was commissioned in March 2015 at a cost of Rs 676 crore is the country’s largest wax producing unit with indigenous technology developed by IIP Dehradun, EIL and NRL. Since the commissioning of the wax plant, NRL has emerged as the largest manufacturer and marketer of wax in the country, it said. The company continues with its wax export with recent exports to the South American nation of Chile and the neighbouring countries of Bangladesh and China.
Export of solid wax to Bangladesh is continuing at a constant pace with repeat orders being placed on NRL. Export of solid wax to China assumes importance since the country has so far been one of the largest exporters of wax in the world with India being one of the largest importers of Chinese wax, the release said. After commissioning of NRL’s wax , imports from China have gradually come down by 80 per cent, it added.