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CPCL selects Axens’ technology

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Chennai Petroleum Corp. Ltd (CPCL), a group company of Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOCL), India, has selected Axens to supply several advanced technologies for its state-of-the-art refinery in the Cauvery Basin in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, India.

CPCL’s Cauvery Basin Refinery (CBR) was commissioned in November 1993, to process Narimanam crude, initially with a capacity of 0.5 million tpy further expanded to 1 million tpy in 2002. CPCL is planning to expand the capacity of CBR by adding grassroots facilities at the same location of the existing refinery in Nagapattinam.

For over a decade, Axens has built a strong relationship with CPCL for its Manali Refinery.

As part of this Cauvery Basin Refinery Project, Axens will provide a naphtha hydrotreating unit, a reforming unit (OctanizingTM), a C5-C6 isomerization unit, a VGO (Vacuum Gasoil) Hydrotreater incorporating ZPJE spiraled tube heat exchangers technology, a cracked gasoline selective desulfurisation (Prime-G+®) unit, and a sulfur block consisting of two trains of Claus unit and two trains of tail gas treatment unit (SultimateTM).

The scope of Axens’ work includes the supply of process book, catalysts and adsorbents proprietary equipment, training and technical services.

Axens’ Process Licensing Global Business Unit Executive Vice-President Patrick Sarrazin said: “Today marks a significant step towards the expansion of the CPCL’s Cauvery Basin Refinery. With these numerous advanced technologies, CPCL will be well positioned to supply the market with clean fuels reaching Bharat Stage VI (BS VI) specifications. Our extensive refining technology expertise, global capabilities in the basic design, catalysts, equipment and services supply position Axens ideally to deliver this important contract for CPCL.”

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