Technip to complete Bhatinda study by March

Vol 19, PW 5 (05 Nov 15) Midstream & Downstream

French engineering contractor Technip is racing to complete a report by March next year (2016) on the long-awaited expansion of the 9m t/y Guru Gobind Singh Refinery at Bhatinda in Punjab to 11.3m t/y.

“Technip’s report will show what sort of engineering is required for the expansion and what needs to be procured,” says a source. “After the report is submitted promoters will decide if and when tenders will be published.

” Technip signed a contract with refinery promoter HMEL - a JV between Mumbai-based refiner HPCL and billionaire Lakshmi Mittal’s Singapore-based Mittal Energy Investment Pte Ltd - on September 10 after quoting Rs6.7cr ($1.02m) to clinch an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Management (EPCM) contract following a July (2015) tender. South Korea’s Samsung was L2 quoting Rs9.52cr ($1.45m) while US contractor Bechtel trailed third with a bid believed to be around Rs15cr ($2.3m).

Technip’s study - with a March 10, 2016 submission deadline- is focusing on the refinery’s Crude and Vacuum Distillation Units (CDU/VDU) as well as its Amine Refrigeration Unit (AMR) used to strip out hydrogen sulfide. Also in Technip’s remit is the refinery’s Sour Water Stripper and basic engineering.

Around 71% of current Bhatinda production is sold in northern India through HPCL’s 18-inch diameter 242.5-km cross country products pipeline from Bhatinda to a terminal with rail wagon loading facilities at Bahadurgarh outside Delhi.