India's second largest single-site oil refinery in Jamnagar obtains CISF safety coverage

New Delhi, August 28 () An armed contingent of more than 100 CISF commands has taken over security duties against terrorism at the country's second largest single-site oil refinery in the coastal district of Jamjagar in Gujarat

The refinery in the Vadinagar area is owned by Nayara Energy Ltd (formerly Essar Oil).

This is the tenth installation in the country's private sector to obtain armed coverage from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), a paramilitary under the Ministry of Home of the Union.

The location of the refinery is strategic considering the high value of the investment in the region and the proximity to the busiest sea route.

In light of the threat perception, the security of the facility is of the utmost importance since this vital facility is contributing to the national economy, said CISF spokesman and deputy inspector general Hemendra Singh.

A squad of more than 100 armed commands, led by an assistant officer in the rank of commander of the force, assumed the security charge on Tuesday, he said.

Nayara Energy Limited, said the CISF, is a Mumbai-based private oil company that encompasses refining, marketing, production and a network of more than 5,000 retail fuel outlets in India.

The group, said on its website, its installation in Vadinagar in Jamnagar is the second largest single-site refinery in the country.

Reliance's largest refinery in Jamnagar is also guarded by the CISF.

The facility is strategically located on the west coast of India, providing proximity to the Middle East and Africa and also facilitates access to the domestic and export high consumption market, the business group said in its profile.

CISF commands will provide 24-hour security in a rapid response team (QRT) pattern as part of which they monitor from strategic positions using sophisticated assault weapons and use vehicles for fast movements.

Regular entry and exit at the facility will be executed by private guards under the general supervision of CISF personnel and the force will ensure that any terrorist threat is kept at bay and frustrated, a senior official said.

The 'client' or the contracting company pays for such CISF security coverage, he added.

Authorities said this is the tenth deployment of the CISF private sector in the country.

The force was entrusted with extending its armed security coverage, exclusively from the deployment of the existing government sector, to private facilities after the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008, in which Pakistan-based terrorists attacked five-star hotels and others. places and killed more than 166 people. The other nine private sector units monitored by the CISF are: Electronics City in Bengaluru and Infosys campus in Bengaluru, Mysore and Pune, Reliance Refinery and Petrochemicals in Jamnagar, Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd project executed by the Tata group in Mundra, Tata project Steel based in Odisha's Kalinganagar, exponent of yoga Patanjali Food and Herbal Park Private Limited of Baba Ramdev in Haridwar and Reliance Corporate IT Park, based in Navi Mumbai. NES SMN