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Fluor signs contract for BPCL’s Polyols Petrochemicals project in India

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Fluor has recently announced that it was awarded a project management consultancy services contract by Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (BPCL) for its Polyols Petrochemicals Project at its existing integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex in Kochi, Kerala, India.

Fluor’s scope of work includes FEED of both the inside and outside battery limits as well as detailed design, engineering, procurement and construction management services for the facility’s utilities and offsites. Fluor booked its portion of the undisclosed contract value in the 4Q19.

Mark Fields, Group President of Fluor’s Energy and Chemicals business, said: “Fluor is honoured to be selected as the project management consultant for BPCL’s polyols project in Kochi […] The company look forward to working with BPCL to deliver a high-quality facility that will help meet growing domestic demand for polyols and reduce India’s dependence on petrochemicals imports.”

Six new process units will be built as part of this project and integrated into the existing refinery. New process units will include propylene oxide, propylene glycol, polyols, ethylene oxide/monoethylene glycol, ethylene recovery unit and a cumene unit.

When complete, the Kochi complex will produce propylene glycol, ethylene glycol and various grades of polyols based on 250 000 tpy of polymer grade propylene. Polyols are used for a variety of applications in the automobile, textile and furniture industries. They are also widely used in construction as insulation and sealants.

Mr Murali Madhavan, Executive Director of BPCL’s Kochi Refinery commented: “BPCL is making major advancements at its Kochi Refinery to produce niche petrochemicals that are extensively imported into India to manufacture polyurethanes used in footwear, foam and other items […] The team are happy that Fluor has been selected as the project management consultant for the project.”

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