HPCL plans hydrogen unit tenders this month

Vol 20, PW 3 (20 Oct 16) Midstream & Downstream

Hindustan Petroleum is expected to issue tenders by end-October to set up new hydrogen generation units under a $3.3bn upgrade of its Mumbai and Vizag refineries.

HPCL and its consultant Engineers India (EIL) will issue these tenders as a Licensor and EPC (LEPC) package, forcing the contractor to provide technology for the units and set them up. For Mumbai HPCL wants the hydrogen unit to have a capacity of 55,000 t/y and for Vizag it needs two units of 113,000 t/y capacity each.

A pre-tender meeting held on September 30 was attended by Larsen & Toubro, Tecnimont, Toyo Engineering, Technip, Haldor Topsoe, Air Liquide, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions, Linde, Chicago Bridge & Iron and Heurtey Petrochem. HPCL and EIL are also scheduled to hold a pre-tender meet on October 20 at Gurgaon for the EPC packages to raise the Vizag refinery capacity from 8.33m t/y to 15m t/y at a total estimated cost of Rs18,000cr ($2.7bn).

Invitations have been sent to companies such as L&T, Essar Projects, Fernas, KazStroyService, IOT, Cinda-CTCI, Technip, Toyo Engineering and others. By October 17 these companies were meant to submit their technical experience handling refinery and petrochemical projects including the value of such projects and when they were completed.

HPCL is holding the pre-tender meetings to "get a feel of the market" and to outline the scope of work and completion schedule.

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