India: World-Scale Industrial Gas Complex Air Products to Supply Syngas for Bharat Petroleum Refinery

Editor: Alexander Stark

Air Products signed of a long-term agreement with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) to build, own and operate a new syngas production facility at the BPCL Kochi Refinery in Kochi, India.

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Air Products has signed an agreement to build, own and operate a syngas supply facility for Bharat Petroleum in India. (sample image)
Air Products has signed an agreement to build, own and operate a syngas supply facility for Bharat Petroleum in India. (sample image)
(Source: Air Products)

Lehigh Valley/USA — The industrial gases company is to supply BPCL’s new Propylene Derivatives Petrochemical Project (PDPP). Air Products already operates a world-scale industrial gas complex which was commissioned in 2017 to support the BPCL Integrated Refinery Expansion Project (IREP) at the same location.

The syngas unit will employ the company's proprietary cryogenic gas separation technologies to produce a hydrogen/carbon monoxide syngas which will feed the new PDPP, which BPCL is developing to serve the growing domestic market in India. The addition of the syngas unit will complement the on-going operations of Air Products’ industrial gas complex which now supplies hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and steam to BPCL’s Kochi Refinery.

The combination of technologies includes two steam methane reformer (SMR) trains, designed and built by the contractor through its Global Alliance with Technip FMC, to produce over 15 tonnes per hour of hydrogen for use in the production of cleaner burning transportation fuels. Furthermore, the complex will comprise a cryogenic syngas purification system to create a mixture of approximately 14 tonnes per hour of purified hydrogen and carbon monoxide; an air separation unit to produce nitrogen and oxygen for the refinery and petrochemical complex; and a gas turbine to produce power for the facilities.

Mr. R. Ramachandran, Director (Refineries) at BPCL said that the commissioning of the IREP in 2017 has made the BPCL Kochi Refinery the largest Public Sector refinery in the country and enabled it to manufacture auto-fuels complying with the required Bharat Stage IV (Euro IV) specifications and a greater depth of conversion.

According to Prasad K. Panicker, Executive Director, BPCL Kochi Refinery, the PDPP would enable BPCL to enter the Indian petrochemical market and enhance the value obtained from its refining operations.

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