October 26, 2011 at 11:17 am #2078
UPDATE 1-India Essar’s refinery to run at 375,000 bpd by end-March
NEW DELHI, Oct 24, 2011 (Reuters) – India-focussed Essar Energy’s Vadinar Refinery will stabilize at an enhanced capacity of 375,000 barrels per day (BPD) by end-March, the company said in a statement on Monday.
Essar had shut the refinery in western Gujarat state last month for 35 days to raise capacity by 25 percent and increase complexity to process more heavy and ultra heavy crude oil. “The expansion should be mechanically completed by year-end and full ramped up and stabilised by the end of the March 2012,” the statement said.
Essar is also on track to further raise capacity to 405,000 bpd by September 2012. The second expansion involves converting the redundant Visbreaker Unit into a second crude distillation unit, the statement added.
India has a surplus refining capacity but it still imports fuel as private firms, controlling over a third of current capacity, prefer to export because they, unlike state retailers, are not compensated for sale of fuel on state-set cheaper rates.
The country’s refining capacity is expected to rise 20 percent to about 4.65 million bpd at the end of the current fiscal year to March, the government said last week.
Essar was in talks to buy crudes from Latin America to feed its expanding refining capacity as it plans to upgrade its Vadinar plant, its Chief Executive Officer Naresh Nayyar said in July.
He also said the firm’s fuel oil exports would almost hault after the expansion of the refinery.
October 26, 2011 at 11:18 am #4862
Here is update (see previous Apr/ May/Aug 2011 updates) India Essar Vadinar Refinery Expansion (&Coker addition) showing S/up Mar 2012 @ 375MBD. Although the coker addition is not mentioned per sae it does talk about all Fuel Oil exports ceasing after the expansion & converting a “redundant” visbreaker to crude unit. The project has also mentioned increase complexity ~doubling and capacity refinery tripling.
The refinery completed its Phase 1 $1.8B expansion from 10.8 MM mtpy (210 MBD) to the 14 MM mtpy (320MBD), current 18 (375MBD) and 20 MM mtpy (415 MBD) it talks about here by Sept 2012 for a complexity increase to 11.8 with the unmentioned coker addition (is mentioned OGJ S/D plans) for Phase 1. The previous mentioned key process licensors for added units were UOP, Jacobs Engr. & ABB.
Not mentioned on this update( but previous ones this year) is expansion of Essars Power generation capacity which nearly triples from 1,650 MW to 4,510 MW over project expansions.
But (not mentioned here) it has delayed the Phase II $4.8B expansion above 20MM mtpy by 2013/14 and then later 34 MM mtpy (680 MBD)), with another expansion and second coker addition to maintain the complexity increase.
Its been busy year for India Expansions & Coker additions either starting construction, commissioning or cokers first full year operation – including some EU relocated 2nd Hand Refineries (Mobil Woerth, BP-Bayeroil Ingolstadt & Petrocanada Oakland) to India’s NOLC Cuddalore, CAL-Spice Energy Halida & Packastan Karachi Refineries. Also cokers at BPCL Bina & Kochi refineries, IOC-CPCL Chennai, IOC Koyali, Essar Reliance & Essar Vadinar and IOC Barauni Needle Coker.
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