New Delhi: In line with the Government’s emphasis on promoting research & development and NRL’s 10 year vision plan entailing a move to broader energy plays, Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) inked a memorandum of agreement (MoA) on December 27, with North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST) Jorhat, Assam, which is a constituent unit of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). As per the MoA, a Research and Development Centre, to be called “NRL-NEIST R&D Centre” or 'NRDC' will be set up at the premise of NEIST, Jorhat for taking up various research activities in emerging energy sectors for a long-term basis, with a collaborative effort of NRL and NEIST.
NRL will support the R&D centre with financial contribution to the research projects.
The objectives of the collaboration would be to create state-of-art R&D, analytical and testing platform for the petroleum industry in order to develop sustainable solutions to the complex energy and environmental issues faced by oil and petroleum industry through continuous and collaborative R&D and explore new frontiers in technology for tapping unconventional reserves of energy.
It would also develop facilities for specialized testing of hydrocarbon, speciality chemicals, water samples etc as well as specialized testing for civil, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and metallurgy.
The MoA was signed, on behalf of NRL, by Senior Chief General Manager (Corporate Affairs) Nikunja Borthakur and CSIR-NEIST's Director Dr G Narahari Sastry in the presence of NRL's Managing Director Bhaskar Jyoti Phukan and other senior officials of NRL and CSIR-NEIST.