HPCL Rajasthan wins contract for proposed Barmer refining complex

HPCL Rajasthan Refinery Ltd. (HRRL), recently awarded a contract to Chevron Lummus Global LLC (CLG to provide process technology for a coking unit at its planned 181,000-b/d integrated refinery and petrochemical, currently under construction at Pachpadra Tehsil, Barmer District, Rajasthan.

As part of the contract, CLG will deliver licensing and extended basic engineering design of a 48,200-b/d delayed coking plant based on CLG’s proprietary delayed coking technology, according to reports.

Once completed, the refinery will be equipped to produce Bharat Stage 6-grade fuels (equivalent to Euro 6-quality) from a feedstock of both locally produced and Saudi Arabian crudes to meet increased demand for petroleum products in Rajasthan as well as other northern Indian states.

Initially the refinery will be designed to process 1.5 million tpa of Rajasthan crude from nearby Mangla fields and 7.5 million tpa of imported Arab Mix crude—consisting of Arab Light and Arab Heavy grades—before switching to a full 9 million-tpa feedstock slate of Arab Mix beginning in its ninth year of operation, according to documents filed with India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MOEFCC).