Mumbai: Essar Oil Limited today announced that it has tied up a new credit facility from domestic banks to provide a credit line of up to Rs 5,000 crores to meet its Sales Tax liability of Rs 6,169 crore. The company continues to pursue the matter of repayment schedule of its sales tax liability both legally and with the Gujarat State Government. Essar Oil is confident that with this facility tied up it will be in a position to meet its entire payment obligations.
Lalit Gupta, MD & CEO, Essar Oil, said: “The new loan facility will enable EOL to meet its sales tax liability. Our lenders have continued to be very supportive of the business, which remains well placed given the demand for high value fuels both in India and internationally.”
As previously announced, the completion of the Vadinar refinery phase 1 expansion and the early completion of the additional optimisation project at Vadinar complete the scheduled capex programme for the refinery. With its benchmark low operating costs and enhanced scale and complexity, Vadinar is expected to deliver significantly enhanced margins and cash flow generation in future.
About Essar Oil
Essar Oil is a fully integrated oil & gas company of international scale with strong presence across the hydrocarbon value chain from exploration & production to refining and oil retail. It has a global portfolio of onshore and offshore oil & gas blocks, with about 2.1 billion barrels of oil equivalent in reserves & resources. Essar Oil now has 405,000 bpsd (barrels per stream-day) of crude refining capacity. There are more than 1,600 Essar-branded oil retail outlets in various parts of India.
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