New Delhi: India's oil refining capacity will rise by over 60 percent to 310.86 million tonnes by 2016-17 after new refineries in Orissa and Punjab are commissioned, Oil Minister S Jaipal Reddy said on Thursday.

"At present, the refining capacity of oil refineries in the country is 193.386 million tonnes per annum. It is projected that refining capacity of the country will reach up to 310.866 million tonnes in the coming five years (by 2016-17)," he said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha here.

India currently has surplus oil refining capacity, with fuel demand pegged at 141.785 million tonnes in 2010-11. The fuel demand is projected to rise by 4-5 percent per annum in the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2012-17).

Listing out the new refining capacity being set up, he said state-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) is building a 15 million tonnes per annum refinery at Paradip, in Orissa, while Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) is constructing a 9 million tonnes per annum unit at Bhatinda, in Punjab.

In addition, Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) proposes to raise the capacity of its recently commissioned refinery at Bina, in Madhya Pradesh, to 9 million tonnes per annum from 6 million tonnes per annum at present.

Furthermore, Nagarjuna Oil Corp Ltd will commission a 15 million tonnes per annum unit at Cuddalore by 2016-17, he said.

While Reliance Industries is unlikely to add any capacity to its twin refineries at Jamanagar, in Gujarat, which have a combined capacity of 62 million tonnes, Essar Oil is expanding the size of its neighbouring Vadinar unit to 38 million tones per annum from the present 10.50 million tonnes per annum.

Reddy said IOC also plans to expand the capacity of its Koyali refinery in Gujarat to 18 million tonnes per annum from the current 13.70 million tonnes per annum. HPCL is raising its Mumbai refinery capacity by 2 million tonnes per annum to 8.50 million tonnes per annum, while the Vizag plant is being expanded to 15 million tonnes per annum from 8.30 million tonnes per annum at present.

What is more, BPCL is looking at hiking the capacity of its Mumbai refinery to 13.50 million tonnes from 12 million tonnes and its Kochi refinery by 6 million tonnes to 15.50 million tonnes.

Reddy also said Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL), a unit of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), is expanding the capacity of its unit in Karnataka to 18 million tonnes per annum from the current 11.82 million tones per annum.