IOC prepares $615m clean fuel Koyali upgrade

Vol 20, PW 3 (20 Oct 16) News in Brief

If you're hoping to win contracts under IndianOil's Rs4096.83cr ($615m) upgrade of its Koyali refinery in Gujarat you will be hoping fervently that local villagers don't make a fuss at the mandatory public hearing to be held at 11am on November 5.

This hearing is to clear work so that the refinery can begin producing fuel to BS-IV and BS-VI standards. Under the government's auto-fuel policy, Koyali must switch completely to BS-IV production by April 2017 and completely to BS-VI by April 2020.

This will involve revamping the Diesel Hydrotreater unit and increasing capacity from 2.2m t/y to 2.86m; for the Diesel Hydrosulphurisation unit capacity will rise from 1.77m t/y to 2.2m t/y; and for the Vacuum Gas Oil Hydrotreater it will rise from 2.1m t/y to 2.73m t/y. A new sour water stripper unit of 55m t/h will also be set up and a new flare of 1640 t/h capacity will replace the old 172 t/h flare.

The project cost for the BS-IV Phase-I revamp is Rs931cr ($140m) and for the Vacuum Gas Oil revamp in Phase II it is Rs394.83cr ($59). The BS-VI cost is Rs2771cr ($416m).