India: Plant Engineering Axens Wins Technology Contract for India’s Numaligarh Refinery
Numaligarh Refinery has selected Axens for its Numaligarh Refinery Expansion Project in Assam, India. Under the terms of the agreement, the refinery’s crude capacity will be expanded from 3 MTPA to 9 MTPA by setting up a new refinery of 6 MTPA.
India – Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL), a subsidiary of Bharat Petroleum Corporation (a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India) has selected Axens to supply advanced technologies in its gasoline block for the Numaligarh Refinery Expansion Project (NREP).
The Numaligarh refinery is located in the Golaghat District of Assam (India) and was commissioned in 2000 with a capacity of 3 million tons-per-annum (MTPA) to process local crude oil.
NRL is now planning to expand the refinery capacity from 3 MTPA to 9 MTPA by implementing in parallel a new refinery of 6 MTPA crude capacity with downstream grassroots facilities at the same location of the existing refinery in Golaghat, Assam.
Axens has provided key technologies to Indian refineries for the production of clean fuels, especially to remove sulfur from the gasoline pool to meet Bharat Stage VI (BS VI) specifications.
For the last two decades, Axens has developed a strong and trustful relationship with NRL, involving supply of technologies, catalysts, technical services and supporting NRL through different project phases.
As part of the Numaligarh Refinery Expansion Project, Axens has been selected by NRL to license the following technologies:
- 1. Naphtha Hydrotreating unit
- 2. Continuous Catalytic Reforming unit (Octanizing)
- 3. C5-C6 Isomerization unit
- 4. FCC Gasoline Selective desulfurization (Prime-G+) unit
The scope of Axens’ work includes the supply of basic engineering design package, catalysts & adsorbents, proprietary equipment, trainings and technical services. Patrick Sarrazin, Process Licensing Global Business Unit Executive Vice-President, Axens said: “The expansion of the Numaligarh Refinery will help NRL to meet the growing domestic demand for clean fuels reaching BS VI specifications. We are delighted to support NRL by supplying our extensive refining technology expertise, global capabilities in basic engineering design, catalysts, equipment and services.”