New Delhi: Essar Oil will next week shut its new oil refinery at Vadinar in Gujarat for three weeks to integrate last two secondary units that will help the plant reach its full capacity of 10.5 million tonnes in August.
The refinery, which is operating at a rate of 7.5 million tonnes a year since it was brought on stream last November, will be shut for three weeks starting 18 July.
“Essar Oil is in the process of integrating its secondary units that include fluid catalytic cracker unit (3.3 million tonnes) and diesel hydrodesulfurizer (3.7 million tonnes) ... with completion of this exercise, Essar Oil will reach its name plate capacity of 10.5 million tonnes,” a company spokesperson said from Mumbai.
During the shutdown Essar Oil also plans to integrate treatment facilities, comprising a 400 tonnes a day amine wash and regeneration unit and two sulfur recovery units, each with a capacity of 220 tonnes a day, he said.
Essar’s refinery can produce LPG, naphtha, diesel, vacuum gas oil, jet fuel, kerosene, fuel oil, petrol and reformate, which is a naphtha-derived high octane liquid. After the new equipment are added during the shutdown, Essar Oil will be able to produce petrol and diesel to Euro-II and Euro-III grades.
Petrol and diesel produced from the refinery are transported to Essar petrol stations in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, or exported.
The company, which has some 1,100 petrol stations, exports 70% its products.
Earlier this year, Essar brought on stream three other secondary units — a 1.5 million tonnes a year naphtha hydrotreater, a 900,000 tonnes a year continuous catalytic reformer and a 1.9 million tonnes a year visbreaker — as part of a phased commissioning programme.
The commissioning of the last two secondary units will enable Essar Oil to start processing sour crudes. The Vadinar plant’s current crude slate is completely sweet.
Essar has planned for a 70:30 ratio of sour to sweet crude for the refinery. The plant is also designed to process high-acid crudes.
The company plans to expand the Vadinar refinery to 16 million tonnes a year by 2010.