HMEL plans Bhatinda bitumen plant

Vol 16, PW 25 (11 Jul 13) News in Brief

In three years the Lakshmi Mittal-promoted 9m t/y refinery at Bhatinda in Punjab could be pumping out 500,000 t/y of bitumen, a raw material used to resurface roads.

Hindustan Mittal Energy (HMEL) wants to install and commission a Rs250cr ($50m) Bitumen Blowing Unit (BBU) at Bhatinda by mid-2016. HMEL issued a limited tender in April to Engineers India (EIL) and Delhi-based Triune Engineering and received bids in June hoping to award an EPC management contract by August.

HMEL plans to initially produce bitumen from the refinery's Vacuum Distillation Unit until the BBU is installed. EIL is confident it will win the BBU contract as it was the company that designed the unit when it was PMC.

"HMEL brought in Triune just to give us competition," says EIL. Triune is in the running mainly because it is headed by former EIL director commercial GD Goyal.