New Delhi: The country’s state-run Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals is aiming to raise refinery capacity to 18 million tonnes by 2015-16, its managing director U.K. Basu said on Friday.

Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. facility in Mangalore. File photo.

He also said the company was in talks with Shell, Gail and Petronet to build LNG terminals in southern India.

The state-run MRPL operates a 236,400 barrel-per-day (bpd) coastal refinery in southern India, whose capacity it is trying to raise by 27% to process cheaper heavy-sour grades with high acid content to lift profitability and improve yield.

The company plans to commission the expanded capacity in Jan-Feb, its managing director U.K. Basu said last month.