Engineers India fine-tunes Koyali DFR

Vol 19, PW 12 (25 Feb 16) News in Brief

Engineers India (EIL) will submit a Detailed Feasibility Report (DFR) next month (March) on the proposed nameplate capacity expansion of IndianOil's Koyali refinery from 13.7m t/y (274,000 b/d) to 18m t/y (361,500 b/d).

EIL has nearly completed the DFR for the 'J-18' expansion named after the refinery's location at Jawaharnagar in Gujarat. But don't expect the Rs8000cr ($1.2bn) expansion to begin anytime soon: Koyali is busy with a Rs1800cr ($263m) revamp so it can begin producing BS-IV quality petrol and diesel by April 1, 2017 and BS-V fuel by 2019-20.

Among the facilities being revamped are diesel treating units, a diesel hydrotreating unit, a diesel hydrodesulphurisation unit and a vacuum gas oil hydrotreating unit. When the proposed expansion does begin it will see the refinery adding a 9m t/y atmospheric and vacuum distillation unit among others resulting in improved distillate yields, increased high sulphur crude processing and better gross refining margins.