HPCL lets contract for Visakh refinery expansion

Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. let a contract to Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. to set up a gas turbine-based captive power plant to be added as part of HPCL’s previously announced program to expand and modernize its 8.3 million-tonne/year Vishakhapatnam (Visakh) refinery in Andhra Pradesh on India’s southeastern coast.

Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL) let a contract to Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) to set up a gas turbine-based captive power plant (CPP) to be added as part of HPCL’s previously announced program to expand and modernize its 8.3 million-tonne/year Vishakhapatnam (Visakh) refinery in Andhra Pradesh on India’s southeastern coast (OGJ Online, Mar. 21, 2017).

As part of the 10.34 billion-rupee, lump-sum turnkey contract, BHEL will deliver engineering, manufacturing, supply, transportation, construction, commissioning, and civil works on one gas turbine generator, one heat-recovery steam generator, one steam-turbine generator, as well as associated auxiliary installations for the project, the service provider said.

The addition of the CPP at Visakh will help meet power and steam requirements for HPCL’s Visakh refinery modernization project (VRMP), which proposes to expand refining capacity of the site to 15 million tpy, BHEL said.

Further details regarding the CPP were not disclosed.

HPCL most recently let contracts to Larsen & Toubro Ltd. subsidiary L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Ltd. to provide engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning for major processing units to be added as part of the Visakh expansion, which alongside increasing the refinery’s crude processing capacity by 6.7 million tpy also intends to boost its production of low-sulfur fuels conforming to Euro 5 and Euro 6-quality standards (OGJ Online, Jan. 5, 2018).

HPCL’s VRMP currently is scheduled for mechanical completion in July 2020, it said.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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