Crude pipeline to proposed Bina refinery almost ready

Vol 11, PW 25 (01 May 08) Midstream & Downstream

Contractors are working overtime to lay a 931-km crude oil pipeline from Vadinar on the Gujarat coast to Bina in central India’s Madhya Pradesh state, where Mumbai-based refiner Bharat Petroleum and Oman Oil Company are setting up a 6m t/y (115,000 b/d) refinery, which they expect to commission early next year.

On July 6 last year, Bharat Oman Refineries awarded a contract to Essar Construction India to lay a 504-km pipeline stretch from Vadinar to Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh and on July 9 awarded a contract to Kalpa-Taru Transmission to lay the final 427-km stretch from Jhabua to the site of the refinery at Bina. “We have completed almost 75% of the work,â€‌ Essar tells us.

By April 28, Essar had laid close to 384-km of its 504-km stretch, confident it can complete the job by June or July this year. “We want to finish the job before the monsoon,â€‌ confirms a source.

“A lot of heavy equipment is needed for this job. Equipment mobilisation is a problem during the monsoon.

â€‌ Kalpa-Taru is likewise gearing up to complete its part of the job before the onset of the monsoon. “Our work is also 75% complete,â€‌ confirms a company source.

“We want to finish before the monsoon.â€‌ In this region, the monsoon sets in around June and lasts for around two months.

“People in this area tell us rivers overflow during the monsoon,â€‌ says one contractor. Under their contract with Bharat Oman Refineries, both Essar and Kalpa-Taru must complete the job in 14 months from the date of the contract.

“The pipeline has crossed some very tough terrain, including rivers,â€‌ we hear. Along the way the pipeline will pass through Rajkot, Surendranagar, Kheda, Godhra, Dahod, Jhabua, Ujjain, Karedi and finally to Bina in Madhya Pradesh.

Bharat Oman Refineries tells us it decided to lay a 24-inch pipeline to cater to any potential future expansion of the refinery beyond 6m t/y. Also planned are two booster-pumping stations along the pipeline route.

All the pipes have been bought from Indian companies PSL, Jindal Saw Pipes and Welspun.