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Early January: Downstream maintenance and construction

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


On 7th January, the Indian Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for the Kochi refinery expansion project. The work is estimated to cost Rs 14 225 crore and will expand the plant as BPCL look to help the country meet its ever growing need for oil products. It is hoped that the expansion work will increase the plant’s processing capacity from 9.5 million tpy to 15.5 million tpy.

IndianOil and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) are showing interest in India’s west coast as the location for their planned new refineries. HPCL is seeking to review plans it developed in the early 90s to construct the Maharashtra refinery. HPCL are proposing plans to build the refinery after 2017.


In 2011, Oman’s petrochemical capacity hit 8.5 million t after growing at a compound rate of 17% between 2007 and 2011. 39% of all non-oil exports from the country are petrochemicals and chemicals; this is an increase of 71% from the level achieved in 2009.


BP will be expanding the Whiting refinery in Indiana after receiving approval from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The air permit won on 20th December 2012, will enable BP to complete construction of the facilities that will process high quantities of heavy crude oil.

Six months of repairs after a chemical leak at Motiva Enterprise’s Port Arthur, Texas refinery were completed in November. Since then, the facility has been in restart mode 3 times as work is attempted to be resumed.

The Holly refinery in Salt Lake is currently waiting state approval on its proposed expansion. Owners are proposing to increase plant capacity from 26 000 tpd to 60 000 tpd. Along with production expansion, the plant will achieve lower pollution levels reducing PM 10 to PM 2.5 as well as nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compound releases.

Adapted from various sources by Claira Lloyd.

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