With an aim to meet India’s new Bharat Stage VI low-sulphur emissions standards, Indian Oil has chosen Emerson as its automation contractor. The global technology and engineering company will be responsible for modernising and enhancing emissions control operations of the company’s refineries.
India – Emerson has recently announced that it has signed multiple contracts totalling 12 million dollars with India’s largest commercial oil company, Indian Oil Corporation, to modernise operations and emissions programmes at the company’s refineries.
Under the contracts, Emerson will serve as automation contractor, combining its deep refining expertise and advanced technologies to help Indian Oil meet the country’s new Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) low-sulphur emissions standards, which take effect in April 2020. The BS-VI emission standards mandate a maximum sulphur content of 10 parts-per-million, which matches best practices set by Europe, the United States and other countries, and include limits on carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.
The project will upgrade 14 different process units, including diesel hydro-treating units designed to reduce sulphur content and octane-boosting units either being installed or augmented with desulfurisation technologies.
As the country’s largest commercial enterprise with a workforce of more than 33,000, Indian Oil plays a significant role in fuelling the development of the economy. With a mandate to ensure India's energy security and self-sufficiency in the refining and marketing of petroleum products, Indian Oil impacts the entire hydrocarbon value chain, including refining, pipeline transportation, marketing of petroleum products, exploration and production of crude oil, natural gas and petrochemicals.
To help Indian Oil reach its goals, Emerson will install advanced technologies, including Delta V distributed control systems; Delta V safety instrumented systems and AMS asset management software; Wireless Hart-enabled instruments; wired field instruments including pressure, temperature and flow sensors; control and isolation valves; and gas analysers. Emerson will also provide installation, commissioning, factory-acceptance testing and training support services for Indian Oil’s refineries in Panipat, Vadodara, Haldia and Bongaigaon.