Bhubaneswar:  The Centre has chalked out plans to set up at least four more strategic oil reserves in the country in a bid to store adequate stock for meeting 90-100 days requirement during any crisis.

“It is planned to reserve crude oil for 90-100 days to meet the requirement during emergency situations and crisis. The present storage capacity is 70-75 days and the four proposed projects will raise it further,” Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told here. At present, there are three strategic reserves – one in Andhra Pradesh and two in Karnataka – while four more such facilities were proposed to be set up at Bikaner in Rajasthan, Rajkot in Gujarat, Padur in Karnataka and Chandikhole in Jajpur district of Odisha, the Minister said.

The new reserves would have a combined capacity of around 12.5 million metric tonnes, Pradhan said adding the largest petro reserve was proposed to be set up in Odisha’s Chandikhole with an investment of Rs 3,800 crore.

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