Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
Company typeSubsidiary
Founded5 July 1952; 71 years ago (1952-07-05)
HeadquartersMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Key people
Pushp Kumar Joshi (CMD)[1]
RevenueIncrease 467,964.52 crore (US$59 billion) (2023)[2]
Decrease −12,475.43 crore (US$−1.6 billion) (2023)[2]
Decrease −6,980.23 crore (US$−870 million) (2023)[2]
Total assetsIncrease 161,339.51 crore (US$20 billion) (2023)[2]
Total equityDecrease 32,263.27 crore (US$4.0 billion) (2023)[2]
Number of employees
Decrease 8,504 (2023)[2]
ParentOil and Natural Gas Corporation[3]
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Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) is an Indian public sector undertaking in petroleum and natural gas industry, headquartered in Mumbai, and a subsidiary of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), which is owned by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India.[4][5][6]

Since 2018, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation has owned majority of its stake.[3] It is ranked 367th on the Fortune Global 500 list of the world's biggest corporations as of 2016.[7] On 24 October 2019, it became a Maharatna (PSU).[8] HPCL lives the mantra of Delivering Happiness, through safety, sustainable growth, and helping the community.


A view of HPCL from Yarada Hill, Visakhapatnam

HPCL was incorporated on 5 July 1952 as Standard Vacuum Refining Company of India Limited. In 1974, it changed it name after the takeover and merger of erstwhile Esso Standard and Lube India Limited by the Esso (Acquisition of Undertakings in India) Act 1974. Caltex Oil Refining (India) Ltd. (CORIL) was taken over by the Government of India in 1976 and merged with HPCL in 1978 by the CORIL-HPCL Amalgamation Order 1978. Kosan Gas Company was merged with HPCL in 1979 by the Kosangas Company Acquisition Act 1979.

In 2003, following a petition by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), the Supreme Court of India restrained the central government from privatizing Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum without the approval of Parliament. As counsel for the CPIL, Rajinder Sachar and Prashant Bhushan said that the only way to disinvest in the companies would be to repeal or amend the Acts by which they were nationalized in the 1970s. As a result, the government would need a majority in both houses to push through any privatization.[9]

HPCL has been steadily growing over the years. The refining capacity increased from 5.5 million metric tonnes (MMT) in 1984–85 to 14.80 million metric tonnes as of March 2013. On the financial front, the net income from sales and operations grew from 2,687 crores in 1984–1985 to 2,06,529 crores in the 2012–13 financial year. During the 2013–14 financial year, the company's net profit was 1,740 crores. During the 2021–22 financial year following the COVID-19 pandemic, HPCL's profit was ₹6,383 crore and its revenue was ₹ 3,72,642 crore (its highest ever, up by 38%).

Merger and acquisition

On 19 July 2017, the Government of India announced the acquisition of HPCL by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).[10] On 1 November 2017, the Union Cabinet approved ONGC for acquiring a majority 51.11% stake in HPCL. On 30 January 2018, ONGC acquired the entire 51.11% stake, thus gaining majority ownership.[3]


An HP fueling station in Kapsi, Chhattisgarh
HP fuel pump in Coimbatore
HP petrol bunk at Basaveshwaranagara, Bangalore

HPCL wholly owns two major refineries in India:[11] one in Mumbai (west coast) with a capacity of 9.5 million tonnes per year, and one in Visakhapatnam (east coast) with a capacity of 8.3 million tonnes per year.[12]

In addition, HPCL holds an equity stake of 16.95% in Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited, a company that runs a state-of-the-art refinery in Mangalore with a capacity over 9 million tonnes per year. HMEL, a joint venture between HPCL and Mittal Energy Investments Pte. Ltd, operates another refinery of 11.3 million tonnes per year in Bathinda, Punjab.[13] HPCL has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Rajasthan for constructing a refinery near Barmer; it would be operated under a joint venture company called HPCL Rajasthan Refinery Limited (Popularly known as HRRL).[14]

HPCL also owns and operates the largest lubricant refinery in India, with a capacity of 335,000 metric tonnes, producing lube base oils of international standards.[citation needed] This refinery accounts for over 40% of India's total lube base oil production. Presently, HPCL produces over 300 grades of lubes, specialties, and greases.

The marketing network of HPCL consists of 21 zonal offices in major cities and 128 regional offices[15] facilitated by a supply and distribution infrastructure comprising terminals, aviation service facilities, liquefied petroleum gas bottling plants and distributors, lube filling plants and distributors, inland relay depots, and retail outlets (petrol pumps).

HPCL has a state-of-the-art information technology infrastructure to support its core business. The data center is at Hitech city in Hyderabad.


HP oil refinery in Visakhapatnam

HPCL operates refineries in India, including:

In addition, HPCL operates other manufacturing facilities, including:


HP petrol pump
HP cooking gas delivery vehicle

HPCL produces a wide variety of petroleum fuels and specialties:

HPCL also offers HP Drive Track Plus cards for consumers purchasing their products, and provides cashback as per the government cashback offers.

International rankings

Major ongoing projects


Hindustan Petroleum Gas

HPCL is focused on the appraisal and development of hydrocarbon accumulations in onshore and offshore projects. Operating projects include the Hirapur Marginal oil fields of the Cambay basin (near Gandhinagar, Gujarat) under a service contract with ONGC, and the pre-NELP production sharing contract for the Sanganpur field (Mehsana) with M/s Hydrocarbon Development Company (P) Ltd.

See also


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