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Essar commissions coke drum structure packages for BPCL

Essar Projects India Ltd (EPIL) announced successful testing and commissioning of the Coke Drum Structure Package (CDSP) for BPCL’s Kochi Refinery (BPCL-KR). The contract valued at Rs 645 crore, is part of BPCL-KR’s integrated refinery expansion project that will increase its operating capacity to 15.5 MTPA from 9.5 MTPA.

Upon completion, BPCL-KR will transform into a facility adhering to global standards and will produce eco-friendly petrol and diesel complying with Euro IV and V norms. It will also contribute towards making South India self sufficient in products, such as LPG, Motor Spirit and High Speed Diesel.

AV Amarnath, COO, EPIL said, “Completion of this project establishes our capability to undertake and complex and challenging projects. Our expertise in executing refinery projects was of great help in completing this project as well. Essar Projects has the right mix of human skills and technology to deliver every project on time”.

The project entailed transportation of over dimensional consignments like coke drums and coke fractionator, in modular form through narrow roads and assembling them within the limited space at site. Thereafter, each coke drum weighing around 600 metric tonnes (mt) with a length of 42.5 metre (m) and a 9.2 metre (m) diameter was lifted and erected using heavy cranes at an elevation of almost 32 metres (m). Furthermore the erection work for all four coke drums was completed within a record time of 20 days during the monsoon season in Kerala.

With a 3.84 MTPA capacity of Delayed Coker Unit, the CDSP mainly consisted of EPC works for 4 coke drums, coke fractionator column including internals, coke cutting system including pumps; coke drum top and bottom heading/un-heading system; switch valves, hydro cyclone, elevators & clear water tanks; civil works of coke pit, maze, bridge crane, elevator; and associated auxiliary equipment/facilities including piping, electrical and instrumentation.

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