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"All in all GST is a welcome move"
Over the last six decades, KSB Pumps Limited has grown with the philosophy to play a vital role in India’s development by equipping the diverse requirements of the pump markets. Rajeev Jain, has recently assumed his new role as the Managing Director, KSB Pumps Limited after his tenure in Indonesia. He shares his view on his new role, GST, end users market in India & company's future plans to drive the growth of organization, in an exclusive interview with Chemical Engineering World.
Rajeev Jain
Managing Director,
KSB Pumps Limited
‘Indian Petroleum Market Growth is Encouraging’
"For the 'Make-in-India' campaign to be a real success, the government has to find a way to create a level playing field by ironing out anomalies in the taxation structure and taking some steps to implement a 'Preferential Pricing' mechanism which will maximize the utilization of the domestic manufacturing base, provide further encouragement to Indian suppliers and service providers and aid employment generation in the country," said Mr Subramanian Sarma, CEO & Managing Director L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering in an interview with Mittravinda Ranjan.
Mr Subramanian Sarma ,
CEO ManagingDirector
L & T Hydrocarbon Engineering
'Indian Petroleum Market Growth is Encouraging'
Bharat Oman Refineries Limited (BORL), the joint venture company of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Oman Oil Company SAOC, Sultanate of Oman (OOC), is augmenting its refining capacity from 6.0 MMTPA to 7.8 MMTPA in next three years. In the backdrop of this development, Mr K Ravi, Chief Operating Officer, Bharat Oman Refineries Limited, elucidated the detail expansion plan in line with the implementation of Euro VI fuel emission standard by 2020 and changing business environment of the Indian refining sector, in an interaction with CEW.
- Mr K Ravi,
Chief Operating Officer
Bharat Oman Refineries Limited
Getting Future Ready
HPCL has rolled out investment plans worth over 30,000 crores over the next couple of years to upgrade and modernise Vizag & Mumbai refineries. The company is also a part of highly ambitious mega refinery & petrochemicals complex planned under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India. B K Namdeo, Director - Refineries, HPCL, speaks about ongoing projects and investment plans of the company, in an exclusive interview with Mittravinda Ranjan.
B K Namdeo,
- Refineries, HPCL,
"Future Refineries will be Evolving with 'Complex & Integrated' Configurations"
HPCL is implementing Visakh Refinery Modernisation Project (VRMP) wherein existing Visakh Refinery capacity expansion from 8.33 MMTPA to 15 MMTPA is envisaged. As a part of this project, latest bottoms upgradation facilities will also be implemented in the refinery. This project will improve the overall profitability of HPCL. The environmental clearance is being pursued. Further, the corporation is also expanding Mumbai Refinery capacity from 6.5 MMTPA to 10 MMTPA. The detailed feasibility report of both the projects has been prepared by Engineers India Limited (EIL).
- S C Mehta,
Executive Director – Refineries, Project Process, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL)
"Pre-Investment in Technology Will Continue to Pay Off "
Bharat Oman Refineries Limited (BORL) opted for Nelson Complexity Index of 9.1 with hydrogen intensive hydrocracking units to produce the best class fuel for the BPCL – Oman Oil’s joint venture inland refinery in Bina in 2006 at the conceptualisation stage. The refinery was dedicated to the nation in 2011. R Ramachandran, COO, BORL, in an exclusive interview with Mittravinda Ranjan, reveals BORL’s plan to announce an investment of around 3000 crore towards debottlenecking of the refinery and increasing the current 6 MTPA capacity to around 7.8 MTPA.
- R Ramachandran
“From Bottom-of-the-Barrel to Bottomless Refineries”
It is certainly an age of transformation for refining industry. The line between refining and downstream petrochemical industry is diluting, and there in an increased focus on improving the Gross Refinery Margins (GRM). Refiners today want to move from bottom-of-the-barrel to bottomless refineries by investing in gasification projects, says Anil Kumar Sarin, Managing Director, CB & I. In an exclusive interview with Mittravinda Ranjan, he further talks about the latest trends and technologies, future challenges for refiners, exploring the coal resources, etc. Sarin provides in-depth insights into the Gas-to-Liquid and Coal-to-Liquid technologies, and elucidates how India can make the most of the new methods.
- Anil Kumar Sarin
Managing Director, CB & I
“Striking the Goal of 21 MMTPA Capacity by 2021”
MRPL, a subsidiary of ONGC is a state-of-the-art grassroots refinery located in Mangalore. The refinery has got a versatile design with high flexibility to process crudes of various API and with high degree of automation. P P Upadhya, Managing Director, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited, states that the company will be utilising near to 100 per cent of its capacity in the financial year 2013-14. He also talks about the refinery’s expansion plans, its profit margins, and product basket. Excerpts:
- P P Upadhya
Managing Director, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited,
All’s Well That Ends Well
Talking exclusively to CEW, P N Prasad, Managing Director, Brahmaputra Cracker & Polymers Ltd (BCPL), informs that the project has already achieved 93 percent of physical progress. He shares insights into the project and how commissioning of the cracker will transform the socio-economic conditions of the North Eastern region of country making it a much sought-after destination for the plastic processing industry.
- P N Prasad
Managing Director, Brahmaputra Cracker & Polymers Ltd (BCPL)
Expanding the Product Basket Interview
The ambitious integrated refinery expansion project at Kochi Refinery will increase total refining capacity of BPCL by 20 per cent from current capacity of 30.5 MMTPA and pump additional 5.3 MMTPA of petroleum products in the Indian market. Prasad K Panicker, Executive Director, Kochi Refinery BPCL, speaks exclusively to CEW and provides insights into the modernisation of existing units, upgrading of residue streams to produce value added products to the company’s basket and the proposed petrochemical complex.
Prasad K Panicker
ED, Kochi Refinery, BPCL
Making of the Largest Public Sector Refinery
BPCL has indeed strengthened and expanded its areas of core competencies throughout the country. In its constant efforts to meet ever-increasing demand for petrochemical products, the company is expanding and diversifying its horizons. In an exclusive interview with CEW,
P Padmanabhan
Executive Director - Refineries Co-ordination, BPCL
Instrumentation to Plant is what Central Nervous System is to Human Body
Drastic reduction in maintenance cost, achieving unity uptime, reduction in overtime from 5000 to 2000 hours at BPCL refi nery are few of the accomplishments of PLN Murthy, CHMM, Maintenance Head BPCL. In an exclusive interview with CEW he shares his opinion on critical role of instrumentation to ensure uninterrupted plant operations and personnel and plant safety. Excerpts from the interview.
PLN Murthy
CHMM, Maintenance Head BPCL
Aiming for Maximum Value Creation & Strong Competition
Amidst the volatile market pricing, demand fluctuations and feedstock challenges, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), aspires to be country's second largest distributor of petroleum products in India. In an exclusive interview with Chemical Engineering World , B K Datta, Director (Refineries), BPCL expresses his thoughts on maximising value creation.
B K Datta, Director (Refineries)
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL)
No Surprises at the End of Process
Essar Energy has undertaken the second phase of expansion of Vadinar refinery to increase its current capacity to 400,000 bpd. Jasbir Singh, Vice President, Essar Projects India Ltd (EPIL) explains, “Scalability and expandability are the two most desired thought processes, while designing a system.” He discusses the overall expectations from a users’s perspective from automation service providers and delves into details about integrating the overall operation of the refinery from centralised location.
Jasbir Singh,
Vice President, Essar Projects India Ltd.
Fostering Innovation Culture Across the Country
"Money and resources spent on R & D are not expenditure, but investment for the future," says Dr R K Malhotra, Director (R & D), IndianOil Corporation Ltd. He is of the view that focused R & D is the only way to provide cost - effective solutions to multifaceted challenges that the industr y faces. Dr Malhotra attributes the success of IOCL to continued focus on R & D, which has played a key role in the entire value chain of company's business. However, he feels the need to develop strong linkages between the industry and academia by organising open forums and exchange programmes to offer the much-needed boost to research activities.
Dr. R K Malhotra
Director (R & D), IOCL