Bhatinda refinery back on track

Vol 3, PW 20 (27 Oct 99) News in Brief

Hindustan Petroleums (HPCL) troubled 9m t/y greenfield refinery project at Bhatinda in Punjab appears to be back on track.

HPCL has invited international competitive bids for engineering and project management consultancy. A tender notice in Indian newspapers details the scope of the work to include: basic engineering, detailed engineering, material procurement, recommendations for appointment of contractors, supervision of construction and project management for the construction of a Single Point Mooring (SPM) system; a pipeline from the SPM to the crude oil terminal; a 1000-km crude oil pipeline from the terminal to the crude oil storage tanks at refinery premises at Bhatinda; and a crude oil storage at the refinery.

Exxon and before it Saudi Aramco pulled out of the project following a failure to agree marketing terms with HPCL.