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Big boost for Guru Gobind Singh Refinery; EC granted for polymer addition project


HPCL-Mittal Energy (HMEL), a joint venture between Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) and Mittal Energy Investment which jointly owns and operates the Guru Gobind Singh Refinery at Bathinda, saw a major development in December 2017.

HMEL has proposed a polymer addition project at its existing land at Petrochemical complex, Bhatinda refinery, in Punjab.

On 25 May 2017, a pre-feasibility report and a draft ‘Terms of Reference’ was submitted to Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) seeking clearance.

As per this report, HMEL has proposed a polymer addition project on 787 ha of existing land. The company has proposed to set up a dual feed cracker unit consisting of steam cracking unit, refinery off gas treatment unit, total hydrogenation unit, pyrolysis gasoline at a capacity of 1,200 kilo tpa.

A polypropylene unit of 500 kilo tpa, Butene-1 unit of 55 kilo tpa, and high density polyethylene unit of 450 kilo tpa were also proposed. The company will also develop products such as Benzene with a capacity of 79 kilo tpa, HOPE/ LLDPE of 1195.3 kilo tpa, PP-Regular of 324.6 kilo tpa, and mixed Xylenes of 161 kilo tpa among others.

Apart from this, the company has also proposed to set up 34 storage facilities at the plant. The entire project will entail an investment of Rs 19,365 crore. During the construction phase, the project will create employment opportunities for 20,000 to 25,000 people. And during operation, direct employment will be created for 600 people.

Based on the proposal submitted by the company, the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) recommended a Terms of Reference (ToR). Consequently, the project was accorded ToR by MoEF&CC on 3 August 2017.

The fresh water requirement for the project will be 3,500 cu mtr per hour, which will be met from the existing raw water system from Kotla canal. The power requirement will be 220 MW of which 150 MW will be taken from the power grid and 70 MW from two new STGs.

Also, the effluent generated from this project will be treated through a new effluent treatment plant, and the plant will be based on zero liquid discharge system.

As per the proposal tabled by the project proponent, the MoEF&CC accorded environmental clearance (EC) to the project, subject to compliance of certain terms and conditions, including obtaining the ‘consent to establish/ operate’ the project, from the State Pollution Control Board.

The company completed capacity expansion of its Bhatinda refinery in July 2017. HMEL has expanded its refinery capacity from nine million tpa to 11.25 million tpa at Phulo Kheri village, in Bhatinda.

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