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Efforts, in brief, made towards technology absorption, adaptation and innovation

Efforts, in brief, have been made by the BPCL Mumbai Oil Refinerytowards technology absorption, adaptation and innovation.

Mumbai refinery has undertaken following projects to obtain the benefits of the latest technological developments and advances in the oil refinery process.

  • In line with an action plan for meeting the auto fuel quality upgrade of part production of Euro IV quality diesel by April 2010, the DHDS unit catalyst was changed to the latest generation TK 576 BRIM catalyst supplied by M/s. HaldorTopsoe
  • FCC LPG Merox catalyst was replaced with a new sweetening catalyst jointly developed by BPC R&D and Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun

Benefits derived as a result of the efforts, e.g. product improvement, cost reduction, product development, import substitution etc.

  • Time required for catalyst regeneration was saved resulting in faster start-up of the unit. This will further reduce total unit down time required for revamp jobs scheduled next year
  • Enabled import substitution

Information regarding technology imported during last five years reckoned from the beginning of the financial year:

Technology imported: Year of import
Fixed bed platforming process from M/s. UOP, USA for production of high Octane Motor Spirit blend stock and for increasing capacity. 2003
Isodewaxing/hydrofinishing technology from M/s. Chevron Lummus Global for production of Group II Lube Oil Base Stocks. 2003
DHDS Reactor catalyst change to new generation HDS catalyst TK 576 BRIM supplied by M/s. Haldor Topsoe, Denmark in December 2007 as a part of the unit revamp for producing Euro IV Diesel. 2007
Naphtha HDS Catalyst was the latest from M/s. Haldor Topsoe. 2007

Has Technology been fully absorbed?


If not fully absorbed, areas where this has not taken place, reasons therefore and future plans of action:

Not applicable.