Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) has asked the Mauritian government to do a feasibility study on whether the country can accommodate an oil refinery. Soon, officers will go on a mission to the parent company of MRPL to determine the requirements for a refinery.
The vision is to make Mauritius an oil hub. Thus, the country will benefit from foreign direct investment and many Mauritians can find a job.
The refinery will not be built in Port Louis
The refinery will not be built near the port, but elsewhere. The project is estimated at $ 2 billion and will likely begin in 2014 or 2015 if the next mission is successful.
When large tankers come home, they can not dock port, says someone familiar with the matter.
"The pier must be at sea and will require large pipelines to transport fuels. It will not be built in Port Louis as the area is too populated. It will be built in a very remote area, away from homes. Mahebourg was first chosen as the suitable place to develop this project but at this stage no decision has been made. Note that Singapore has four refineries, "says our interlocutor.
The MRPL to help build storage tanks for petroleum products. Discussions on the modalities agreement began between stakeholders and the State Trading Corporation (STC). Maurice could become a supply center for the region. The project is in its infancy. The government will be the main partner for its implementation.