Bina Refinery far from dead is well and truly alive

Vol 10, PW 20 (08 Feb 07) Midstream & Downstream

Almost written off as a non-starter, Bharat Petroleum’s proposed 6m t/y Bina refinery in Madhya Pradesh is slowly emerging from the dead.

Preliminary construction work is in full swing and overall progress by the end of January had reached 9% against the company’s target of 6.5%. A senior BPCL source tells us 32 contracts have already been awarded for various parts of the construction process.

These include site-grading work such as levelling, road and drainage laying, workers’ hostels, the staff residential colony, control room, electrical sub-station and boundary wall. Also awarded are contracts for key items such as civil and structural work for the crude and vacuum distillation unit, the 100-MW captive power station, crude and vacuum column, civil and structural work for the hydrocracker unit, motor spirit block as well as the engineering office and warehouse.

In December 2006 contracts were awarded to build seven crude oil storage tanks at Vadinar port, each of 68,000 tonnes capacity. Also awarded in December were contracts to Jindal Saw Pipes and Punj Lloyd to supply 24-inch diameter pipes for the 910-km crude pipeline from Vadinar to Bina.

Delivery is expected from May this year. A tender for wrapping and coating the pipes is already out.

Bids are due next week and awards will be announced this month. Also this month tenders will be issued to lay the Vadinar to Bina pipeline, as well as to set up the hydrogen plant, single point mooring system, mechanical work for the CDU and VDU, nitrogen plant, sulphur plant and the delayed coker coke chamber.

In November 2006, BPCL awarded a contract for the crude and vacuum unit furnace to Technip and hired China Heavy Engineering Works to erect the hydrocracker reactor.