The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has sought views/comments on the draft technical standards and specifications including safety standards for petroleum refineries and gas processing plants, 2021. The last date for the submission of views/comments is February 5, 2021.

The regulation will apply to all entities engaged in operation of petroleum refineries and/or gas processing plant to ensure safe and reliable operations through complete lifecycle of the project. The mandatory requirements of this regulation are not applicable to the common facilities constructed outside the inside battery limit (ISBL) of entity where no processing of hydrocarbon is carried out. For example main administrative building, material stores, raw water facility, engineering workshops and security watch towers.

The objective of issuing these regulations is to ensure uniform application of design principles in layout and to guide in selection and application of materials and components, equipment and systems and uniform operation and maintenance of the refineries and gas processing plants. The regulations will primarily focus on the safety aspects of the employees, public and facilities associated with refineries and gas processing plants.