New FCCU at HPCL, Mumbai Refinery, inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister, P&NG, Shri S. Jaipal Reddy

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April 14, 2011.

Shri S. Jaipal Reddy, Hon’ble Minister, Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India, inaugurated the New Fluidised Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) at HPCL, Mumbai Refinery on April 14, 2011. Shri LN Gupta, Joint Secretary (R), MoP&NG was also present on the occasion.

The Hon’ble Minister and other distinguished guests were welcomed by Shri S. Roy Choudhury, Chairman & Managing Director and other Functional Directors of HPCL.

The New FCCU Project has been implemented at a cost of Rs. 900 crores. With the commissioning of this Project, HPCL Mumbai Refinery will be able to produce high value distillate products like LPG and MS and this will contribute towards higher refinery margins. The New FCC Unit has incorporated a number of State-of-Art features which facilitate a high severity and high conversion operation and upgradation of heavy low value streams of the Refinery. Facilities include an integrated Flue Gas Scrubber(technology sourced from M/s. BELCO, USA), which will considerably bring down SO2 and SPM emissions, much lower than the stipulated pollution control norms. The design includes provision of catalyst cooler facilities which allow processing of heavy feed stock. Catalyst cooler is the first of its kind in the country and technology supplied by M/s. UOP of USA and indigenously fabricated by L&T for the first time.

The Hon’ ble Minister appreciated the efforts of HPCL in reducing emissions significantly lower than the statutory norms. Hon’ble Minister also appreciated the progress made by HPCL over the decades.

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