28 December, Mumbai
The new state-of-the-art crude distillation unit (CDU) of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited’s Mumbai Refinery was dedicated to the nation by Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, and Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, in a glittering ceremony held today at Mumbai refinery.
This new integrated Crude and Vacuum Distillation unit of 6.0 million metric ton per anunm (MMTPA) capacity has been installed at a cost of Rs 1,419 crore as a replacement of old crude and vacuum units.
The Union government is contemplating to set up the biggest refinery of the country in western coast of Maharashtra by the year 2017, announced Mr Pradhan on the occasion.
While, Fadnavis assured the availability of the land and other facilities for the project soon.
The commissioning of the CPU IV would ensure cleaner environment and efficient use of energy with lower emissions and reduction in energy consumption, said S Varadrajan, chairman-cum- managing director of BPCL.
The sulphur dioxide emission from the new unit would be less than 10.5 metric ton per day — the lowest in the country amongst all the refineries.
Tightly heat integrated with furnaces of higher efficiency, the reduction in energy consumption in terms if Liquid Fuel Equivalent (LFE) is expected to be about 30 per cent, which results into estimated savings of Rs 128 crore per annum on fuel consumption.
Its superior design and safety features are the integral part of the new CDU IV, which has resulted in significantly lesser number of equipment as compared to older units and facilitates better turnaround management during shutdown and routine maintenance.
CDU IV is designed with the latest safety features like blast proof control room and closed drainage system, thus making it an efficient, intrinsically safe and sustainable unit with higher distillate yield of three per cent and thus contributing to higher refining margins, he said.