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    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will on Saturday inaugurate the $4-billion refinery built by a joint venture of state-owned Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) and steel czar Lakshmi N Mittal’s investment firm.

    The 9-million tonne refinery of HPCL-Mittal Energy Ltd (HMEL) will be dedicated to the nation at a function scheduled at 1130 hrs on April 28 at village Phullokhari near here, official sources said.

    Oil Minister S. Jaipal Reddy and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal are likely to be present at the function.

    The $ 4-billion plant is the newest refinery to be commissioned in the country. HMEL is a joint venture between HPCL and Mittal Energy Investment.

    Mr. Mittal, who is Chairman & CEO of ArcelorMittal, and S. Roy Choudhury, Chairman of HMEL and CMD of HPCL, would also be present at the function, sources said.

    Bhatinda refinery is Mr. Mittal’s first venture in downstream oil sector. His upstream oil and gas exploration venture with state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) hasn’t been a great success and he has gradually withdrawn from almost all projects, say industry experts.
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