Air Products to build plants to supply Bharat refinery in India

03 October 2013 21:13  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Air Products will build several plants in India to supply hydrogen, synthesis gas (syngas), nitrogen and oxygen for Bharat Petroleum’s refinery and proposed petrochemicals complex in Kochi, the US-based industrial gases producer announced on Thursday.

Air Products and Bharat Petroleum have signed a long-term supply agreement and target late 2015 for initial supply of gases.

Under the agreement, Air Products’s two steam methane reformer trains will produce 16.4 tonnes/hour of hydrogen to be used in production of fuel and petrochemicals. France-based Technip is providing engineering and construction services for the hydrogen facilities, Air Products’s first in India.

Additionally, Air Products’s cryogenic syngas purification system will produce a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide (CO).

Steam from Air Products’s units will be used for Bharat Petroleum’s manufacturing process, and an air separation unit will produce nitrogen and oxygen for the refinery and petrochemicals complex.

A gas turbine will produce power for the Air Products facilities.

Bharat Petroleum is undergoing a $2.6bn (€1.9bn) integrated expansion project that would increase crude refining capacity to 15.5m tonnes/year. The improvements will allow the production of cleaner fuels to meet European specifications, and the downstream project will allow the company to produce a greater variety of petrochemicals.

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