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Indian firm to expand refinery

24th September 2012

Indian NRL eyes expansion of crude distillation capacity at refinery in far-northeast

Indian firm to expand refinery
NRL is owned by state-led Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (61.65 per cent) Oil India Ltd. (26 per cent), and the government of Assam (12.35 per cent)

An Indian downstream firm is looking to increase the capacity of one of its refineries by 5-6 million tonnes per year, it emerged this month. The decision comes alongside plans to install new processing facilities to supply an upcoming gas project.

Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) is vying to increase the crude distillation capacity of its operated refinery in the Golaghat district of Assam in far-northeastern India, the company said earlier this month after its annual general meeting.

Major processing units at the refinery include a 225,000 tonnes per year gasoline plant; a 306,000 tonnes per year delayed coker; a 1.1 million tonnes per year hydrocracker; a catalytic reformer; and a naphtha hydrotreater.

The distillation expansion involves increasing NRL’s current capacity of 3 million tonnes per year to 8-9 million tonnes per year, in addition to the “option of sourcing and transporting the additional crude oil through a pipeline [project],” NRL said.

Other projects under way at the refinery include facilities to produce paraffin and microcrystalline wax and a naphtha splitter to supply 160,000 tonnes per year of petrochemical-grade naphtha to the upcoming Assam Gas Cracker Project, in which NRL holds a 10 per cent stake.

The project is to be operated by Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Ltd at Lepetkata in the Dibrugarh district. New Delhi has said it will be completed by 2013. It will be able to produce 220,000 tonnes per year of high density and linear low density polyethylene; 60,000 tonnes per year of polypropylene; 55,000 tonnes per year of raw pyrolysis gasoline; and 12,500 tonnes per year of fuel oil.

The larger share of NRL is divided between state-owned Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (61.65 per cent) and Oil India Ltd (26 per cent), with the remaining 12.35 per cent owned by the government of Assam.


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