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  1. HPCL lets contract for Visakh refinery revamp

    Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL) has let contracts to Engineers India Ltd. (EIL) for work related to HPCL’s previously announced project to expand and modernize its 8.3 million-tonne/year Vishakapatnam (Visakh) refinery in Andhra Pradesh, on the country’s eastern coast ( OGJ Online, Jan. 19, 2016 ). Under the first contract, EIL will provide project management consultancy (PMC) services for major processing units, as well as related utilities and off sites (U&O), to be added during the refinery’s expansion and upgrading program, the service provider said in filings to India’s BSE Ltd. and National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. As part of a second contract, EIL will deliver project execution services for the U&O installations and the proposed revamp of the refinery’s existing propylene recovery unit (PRU). With a combined value of more than 25 billion rupees, the two contracts stipulate a total project schedule of 43 months until mechanical completion, EIL said. The service company, however, did not disclose a specific timeline for when it plans to begin its scope of work under the contracts. Project overview Involving the addition of new units and upgrades to existing ones, HPCL’s Visakh refinery modernization project (VRMP) intends to expand the refinery’s processing capacity by 6.7 million tpy to 15 million tpy, as well as boost its production of low-sulfur fuels conforming to Euro 4 and Euro 5-quality standards. According to EFCC, HPCL’s VRMP will include the following: • A 9 million-tpy crude distillation unit (CDU), which will replace one of Visakh’s three existing CDUs. • A 3.3 million-tpy full-conversion, vacuum gas oil hydrocracker. • A 292,000-tpy naphtha isomerization unit. • A 3.1 million-tpy solvent deasphalting unit. • A 2.5 million-tpy slurry hydrocracker. • A 96-tonne/day PRU (to replace the refinery’s existing 216-tonne/day PRU). • Two 113,000-tpy hydrogen generation units (226,000 tpy total). • Two 360-tonne/day sulfur recovery units (720 tonnes/day total, including tail gas treatment). • A 36,000-tpy fuel gas pressure-swing adsorption unit. • A 300-tonne/hr nonhydroprocessing sour-water stripper. • A 185-tonne/hr hydroprocessing sour-water stripper. • Two 540-tonne/hr amine regeneration units (1,080 tonnes/hr total). • A 112,000-tpy sulfur recovery LPG treating unit. • A 1,000-cu m/hr integrated effluent treatment plant (EFP), which will replace all existing EFPs at the site. According to the latest project information available from HPCL and EIL, major processing units at the refinery are scheduled for revamp as follows: • A 30% capacity expansion of the naphtha hydrotreater in the refinery’s Motor Spirit block (MS) block to 1.5 million tpy. • A 35% capacity expansion of the continuous catalytic reforming unit in the MS block to 1.04 million tpy. • A 30% capacity expansion of the diesel hydrotreating unit to 2.86 million tpy. • An upgrade of the naphtha hydrotreater downstream of the refinery’s fluid catalytic cracker to enable output of Bharat Stage (BS) V and BS VI-grade (equivalent to Euro 5 and Euro 6-quality) fuels. VRPM will require an estimated total capital investment of about 208 billion rupees to complete in its entirety, HPCL said in a late August 2016 presentation to investors. Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com .

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  2. Advances in adsorption cooling showcased

    German cleantech company InvenSor is presenting a new adsorption chiller with a cooling capacity three times higher than the previous model, the firm said.

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    Fri, 20 Feb 2015

  3. Cooling trend in waste heat utilisation

    German cleantech company InvenSor has highlighted a manufacturing industry trend towards the use of adsorption cooling, which is continuing unabated in 2015.

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    Tue, 19 May 2015

  4. Hyundai Oilbank lets contract for South Korean refinery

    Hyundai Oilbank Co. Ltd. (HDO) has let a long-term contract to Praxair Inc., Danbury, Conn., to supply industrial gases to its 390,000-b/sd refinery at the Daesan petrochemical complex in South Korea’s Chungnam Province, 130 km southwest of Seoul.

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    Mon, 26 Sep 2016

  1. Desiccant dryers fitted with new controllers, digital dewpoint display

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  2. New trigeneration packages from Power Partners

    US-based Power Partners has announced the availability of new ‘trigeneration’ packages that combine cogeneration, with its ECO-MAX adsorption chillers, which convert waste heat into chilled water for air conditioning or process use.

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    Fri, 11 Feb 2011

  3. Chinese refiner confirms first commercial use of new process technology

    Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), has commissioned a new processing unit to boost production of light olefins and aromatics at its integrated refining and petrochemical complex in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China.

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    Tue, 10 May 2016

  4. Nanoscale Analysis Sheds Light on Advanced Energy Storage Material

    Researchers at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have used advanced in-situ microscopy and theoretical calculations to better understand the properties of a promising next-generation energy storage material for chemical batteries.

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    Thu, 17 Mar 2016

  5. India approves HPCL’s expansion plan for Visakh refinery

    India has granted Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL) environmental clearance to proceed with a project to expand and modernize its 8.3 million-tonne/year Vishakapatnam (Visakh) refinery in Andhra Pradesh, on the country’s eastern coast.

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    Tue, 19 Jan 2016

  6. CNOOC lets contract for Huizhou refinery expansion

    CNOOC Oil & Petrochemicals Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC), has let a contract to Porvair Filtration Group Ltd. (PFG), Fareham, Hampshire, UK, to provide filtering equipment for a coal-to-substitute natural gas (SNG) gasification plant to be built at its 12 ...

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    Tue, 3 Feb 2015

  7. Suriname commissions newly expanded refinery

    Suriname state oil firm Staatsolie has completed the long-planned major expansion and efficiency project to double crude processing capacity and expand fuel production at the Tout Lui Faut refining complex about 12 miles south of the country’s capital city of Paramaribo.

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    Wed, 6 Jan 2016

  8. Ecopetrol advances Cartagena refinery expansion

    State-owned Ecopetrol SA has started operations at its newly expanded crude unit as part of the long-planned expansion and modernization project at subsidiary Refineria de Cartagena SA’s (Reficar) 80,000-b/d refinery located in the Mamonal Industrial Area on Cartagena Bay, south of Cartagena, on ...

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    Tue, 27 Oct 2015

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