Essar starts two new units at Vadinar Refinery

Essar starts two new units at Vadinar Refinery

10:13 AM, 5th April 2012
Essar starts two new units at Vadinar Refinery
Vadinar Refinery, Gujarat, India.

MUMBAI, INDIA: Essar Oil Ltd (EOL) successfully commissioned its new vacuum gas oil hydrotreating unit (VGOHDT) and sulphur recovery unit (SRU) at its Vadinar Refinery. With this milestone, the delayed coker unit (DCU) is the only expansion unit that remains to be commissioned as part of EOL’s Rs 8,300-crore (1.64 billion) phase I expansion project. The capacity of the refinery will expand to 18 million metric tonne per annum.

The SRU will help the refinery recover 99.9 per cent of sulphur in acid gases generated from the amine regeneration unit (ARU) and the sour water stripper (SWS), two units that have already been commissioned. The SRU plays a key role in helping the refinery meet the latest emission norms. Addition of a new SRU to the refinery configuration will also enable EOL to process sour and opportunity crudes.

“The world today has moved to ultra low sulphur fuels, and refineries that can manufacture such products have a competitive edge. The Vadinar Refinery, which is now in the final leg of its expansion programme, will soon be among the world’s most complex refineries capable of producing fuels that meet the world’s most stringent emission norms. They give us the capability to process heavier and tougher crudes and produce high-quality products that find acceptance in both domestic and international markets,” said LK Gupta, Managing Director and CEO, Essar Oil.

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