HPCL upgrading its refineries in India

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Apr. 1
-- Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL) is upgrading its two refineries in India to meet Euro 4 emissions standards for high-speed diesel and gasoline.

HPCL recently let two engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning contracts to Technip for diesel desulfurization at its 164,000-b/cd Visakh refinery in Andhra Pradesh on India’s east coast.

Under one contract, Technip will provide a 2.2-million tonne/year diesel hydrotreater. The other contract is for a 36,000 tpy hydrogen generation unit.

Among other work at Visakh, HPCL is adding a single-point mooring unit able to handle very large crude carriers, which can’t now reach the refinery because of draft restrictions. It also has reported plans for a delayed coking unit.

At its 132,000-b/cd Mumbai refinery, HPCL is installing a 2.2-million tpy diesel hydrotreater and a 20,000-tpy hydrogen generation unit as well as a 1.4-million tpy FCCU, which will join a 1-million tpy FCCU in place.

Also at the Mumbai refinery, HPCL is studying feasibility of adding a solvent deasphalting unit.

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