BPCL Kochi Refinery has undertaken many projects during the past years
Kochi Refinery, a unit of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL-KR), is a 9.5 MMTPA Refinery located at Ambalamugal in Ernakulam District (Kerala), India. The Refinery was commissioned in 1966 with crude oil processing capacity of 2.5 Million Metric Tons per Annum (MMTPA). Through progressive revamps and addition of process units, the refining capacity has been augmented to present level of 9.5 MMTPA, incorporating advanced refining technologies.
During 2008-09, the refinery set out on a bottoms up-gradation project and Environment clearance obtained for the project in February 2009.
Subsequently, in view of the high demand growth of petroleum products projected in the coming years in the country and also to retain its profitability and competitiveness in the long run, BPCL-KR is implementing its ambitious Integrated Refinery Expansion Project (IREP) with the help of Engineers India Limited (EIL) as Consultant. In addition to enhancement of refining capacity to 15.5 MMTPA, quality up-gradation of auto-fuels to Euro-IV/ V norms and up-gradation of refinery residue to value added products are envisaged as part of the project. The IREP project of BPCL envisages the following:
Increasing the refining share of BPCL from 15.7 % to 18.8 %
Increasing the refining capacity of Kochi Refinery by 6 MMTPA from the present 9.5 MMTPA to 15.5 MMTPA
Modernization of refinery to produce auto-fuels complying with Euro-IV/Euro-V specifications
Up-gradation of residue stream from the refinery to value added products so that the heavy stream generation from the refinery is minimized
Production of propylene as petrochemical feedstock to BPCL’s proposed petrochemical complex.