Commissioning begins at delayed Bina refinery

Vol 13, PW 17 (11 Feb 10) Midstream & Downstream

Work has at last begun to bring on stream the much-delayed 6m t/y Bina refinery in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

Promoted by Bharat Oman, a joint venture between India's BPCL and Oman Oil, PETROWATCH learns commissioning of the Bina refinery began last December. “All the units are being commissioned one by one,â€‌ says a Bharat Oman source.

“In December and January we completed the â€کdry out’ of the first and second heaters. â€کDry out' of the third heater will begin next week.

â€‌ Among the facilities being commissioned are the nitrogen unit, the raw water treatment unit, the demineralised water system, the instrument air system and the effluent treatment facility. â€کDry out’ of the heaters indicates that commissioning has begun of the â€کcore’ units at the refinery - first proposed over 10 years ago and on which work began in 2006.

These heaters are a part of the refinery’s crude and vacuum distillation units, used to fractionally distil crude oil. Distillates are then blended and refined to produce naphtha, gas, LPG, kerosene or diesel.

The CDU and the VDU are the heart of any refinery. Separately, Bharat Oman received its first crude cargo in December at the â€کsingle point mooring’ system offshore the small coastal town of Vadinar in Gujarat.

“We took delivery of 80,000 tonnes of â€کArab Mix’ (heavy crude),â€‌ adds Bharat Oman. “This is being stored in our onshore crude oil tank terminal.

â€‌ Bharat Oman’s second cargo of 140,000 tonnes Arab Mix is expected sometime this week followed by a 50,000-tonne cargo later this month. Next month it is expecting a 170,000-tonne cargo.

Bharat Oman will start pumping crude from Vadinar to Bina in the second week of February, through a 935-km, 24-inch pipeline. “That crude will reach Bina in March,â€‌ we hear, “and in April we should be able to distil the crude in the crude and vacuum distillation units.