Kochi: Essar Projects India Ltd. (EPIL), a leading EPC contractor, has announced the successful testing and commissioning of the Coke Drum Structure Package (CDSP) for Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited’s Kochi Refinery (BPCL-KR). The contract value of this package is Rs. 645 crore.
The CDSP is part of BPCL-KR’s Integrated Refinery Expansion Project that will increase its operating capacity to 15.5 MTPA from 9.5 MTPA. Upon completion, BPCL-KR will transform into a facility adhering to global standards and will produce eco-friendly petrol and diesel complying with Euro IV and V norms. It will also contribute towards making South India self-sufficient in products, such as Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Motor Spirit (MS) and High Speed Diesel (HSD).
A V Amarnath, COO, EPIL said: “The completion of this project clearly establishes our capability to undertake and complete complex and challenging projects. Our expertise in executing refinery projects was of great help in completing this project as well. Essar Projects has the right mix of human skills and technology to deliver every project on time.”
The project entailed transportation of over-dimensional consignments like coke drums and coke fractionator, in modular form through narrow roads and assembling them within the limited space at the site. Thereafter, each coke drum weighing around 600 metric tonnes and having a length of 42.5 metres and a diameter of 9.2 metres, was lifted and erected using heavy cranes at an elevation of almost 32 metres.
Furthermore, the erection work of all four coke drums was completed within a record time of 20 days during the monsoon season in Kerala.