Reliance's SBM

Vol 14, PW 19 (24 Mar 11) News in Brief

Reliance has installed its new ‘single buoy mooring’ (SBM) system offshore Hazira port in record time.

“Reliance’s SBM opened for commercial operations on March 22,” we hear. Originally, the new SBM was expected to be commissioned only by April.

But a team of Dutch engineers worked round the clock between January 28 and March 22 to install the new SBM which they anchored to the seabed using six large ‘cement piles.’ In the absence of a functioning Hazira SBM, ONGC was forced to “divert to the domestic market” approximately 140,000-tonnes of naphtha meant for export in February and March from its Hazira gas processing complex.

Most of this diverted naphtha was bought by Reliance. ONGC has no SBM of its own so uses the Reliance SBM to load naphtha cargoes onto tankers for export under a deal signed in 2008.

Reliance uses the Hazira SBM for naphtha and paraxylene exports from its 1.24m b/d Jamnagar refinery in Gujarat.