HPCL extends Barmer refinery bid dates

Vol 23, PW 11 (09 Apr 20) News in Brief

Hindustan Petroleum has given EPC contractors interested in three key petrochemical tenders linked to its proposed Barmer refinery project in Rajasthan a month's extension for offers.

HPCL has extended the deadline for EPCC-8 from March 31 to April 21 for an estimated $300m contract that includes two 416,000 t/y units producing low and high-density polyethylene - the most popular plastic in the world used in grocery bags, shampoo bottles, toys and even bulletproof vests. Expect interest from Tecnimont, TechnipFMC, Toyo and L&T.

For EPCC-3, HPCL has extended the deadline from March 26 to April 24 for a 2.9m t/y petro fluidised catalytic cracking unit, estimated to cost $400m, with technology from TechnipFMC. Expect interest from L&T, Tecnimont and Petrofac.

For EPCC-7, HPCL has extended the deadline from March 24 to April 24 for an 820,000 t/y dual feed cracker; a 77,000 t/y ethylene recovery unit; a 96,000 t/y benzene recovery unit; a 55,000 t/y pyrolysis gasoline hydrotreating unit; and a 55,000 t/y butadiene extraction unit. Bids for this estimated $850m package are likely from L&T and Petrofac.

Expect further extensions even if the national lockdown is lifted on April 14 because state authorities might continue to impose separate lockdowns.