Essar Oil successfully commissions Amine Regeneration Unit
Essar Oil Ltd. has announced the successful commissioning of the Amine Regeneration Unit (ARU), a part of the phase I expansion at its Vadinar Refinery. Once completed, the phase I expansion will increase the refinery’s capacity from the current 14 MMTPA (300,000 bpd) to 18 MMTPA (375,000 bpd). The expansion will also increase in its complexity from 6.1 to 11.8. The project is nearing completion and the increased throughput of 18 MMTPA will commence by March 2012. Furthermore, an optimisation project is also under execution at the refinery to increase the capacity to 20 MMTPA (405,000 bpd) by September 2012. The capacity expansion, complexity enhancement and subsequent optimisation will give Vadinar refinery the capability to process nearly 87 percent ultraheavy crudes, which have a lower cost than light crudes. In terms of product yield, the expanded Vadinar Refinery will have the flexibility to produce higher value products, including pet coke. “After the commissioning of the Isomerization Unit last month, the refinery team is working towards ensuring the commissioning of all the remaining units that form a part of our phase I expansion. The ARU commissioning is one more step in that direction and will be followed by all the balance expansion units being commissioned in the current quarter,” said Lalit Gupta, MD and CEO, Essar Oil.