DFR for HPCL crude storage at Mumbai

Vol 12, PW 23 (23 Apr 09) News in Brief

After the successful completion and commissioning of its underground LPG storage facility at Vizag, refiner Hindustan Petroleum now wants to store crude and petroleum products in underground caverns.

On March 30, HPCL issued a global tender for consultants to prepare a Detailed Feasibility Report to set up an underground storage cavern on 57 acres of land next to its 5.5m t/y refinery in Mumbai. Before issuing the tender, HPCL asked Nagpur-based Central Mining and Fuels and Research Institute to prepare a pre-feasibility study, which concluded that crude storage in underground caverns is possible.

HPCL wants to set up five caverns to hold 600,000 tonnes of crude, and two caverns that can store 240,000 tonnes of petrol and diesel. HPCL wants the DFR to examine where to set up associated shipping facilities.

Bids were to be received tomorrow (April 24) but HPCL tells us the date has been extended to May 29, “on a request from some parties.â€‌