Sulzer GTC Providing Benzene Unit for Indian Refinery

Sulzer GTC Technology will supply its GT-BTX technology for a benzene extraction unit to be installed at HMEL (HPCL-Mittal Energy Limited) Refinery in Bhatinda (Bathinda), India. HMEL is a joint venture between Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and Mittal Energy Investment Pte. Ltd, Singapore, a Lakshmi N Mittal Company.

HMEL owns and operates the Guru Gobind Singh Refinery (GGSR) at Bhatinda, which has a capacity of 9 MMTPA. HMEL’s wholly owned subsidiary, HPCL-Mittal Pipelines Limited (HMPL) owns and operates a single point mooring (SPM) for the receipt of crude oil, a crude oil terminal (COT) for storage, and 1017 km cross country pipeline for transportation of the crude from Mundra, Gujarat, to the refinery at Bhatinda.

In view of higher value-added products, HMEL intends to set up an integrated petrochemical block within the existing refinery complex, receiving refinery fuel gas, LPG and naphtha as feedstock from the refinery units. The complex consists of a steam cracker unit of 1,200 KTPA ethylene capacity, 500 KTPA propylene, 150 KTPA benzene and downstream basic polymer units to produce LLDPE, HDPE, and impact polypropylene (PP).

GTC’s scope of work includes supply of license, basic engineering package, proprietary solvent and equipment along with various on-site technical services for the benzene extraction unit.