The Company was incorporated in the name of Standard Vacuum Refining Company of India Limited on July 5, 1952.
On 31st March,1962 the name was changed to ESSO Standard Refining Company of India Limited.
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited comes into being after the takeover and merger
of erstwhile Esso Standard
and Lube India Limited
HPCL thus comes into being after merging four different organisations at different points of time.
The Trombay landscape as it was before work started on the construction of the Esso Bombay refinery.
Huge Bulldozers such as these were put to work to level the 280 acre area, the site of the first modern refinery in India.
Giant cranes were used to put large vessels into Position.
Large vessels such as these had to be mounted on a 26-wheel lorry before being transported to the refinery.
The Refinery was dedicated on 5th June, 1953 by Shri. G. S.Bajpai, Governor of Bombay.
VIP Visits: The refinery went on stream on July 29, 1954. Shri K.C. Reddy, then Minister of Production, GOI, officiated at the formal opening ceremony on Nov. 19, 1954.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister visited the Esso Refinery on June 5, 1955.
10th Anniversary Celebrations: Maharastra’s Chief Minister, Shri V.P.Naik presided over the 10th anniversary celebrations on July 29, 1964.
This page was last updated on March 13th, 2014