Air Products has signed a long-term agreement with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) to build, own and operate a new syngas production facility at the BPCL Kochi Refinery in Kochi, India to supply BPCL’s new Propylene Derivatives Petrochemical Project (PDPP).

Air Products already operates a world-scale industrial gas complex which was commissioned in 2017 to support the BPCL Integrated Refinery Expansion Project (IREP) at the same location.

Seifi Ghasemi, Air Products’ Chairman, President and CEO, commented, “Air Products is excited to sign a second supply contract with BPCL at Kochi. This agreement strengthens the relationship between Air Products and BPCL, and also demonstrates our commitment to business in India.”

He continued, “As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, we are certainly focused on making sound investments in India with reputable companies like BPCL. We want to continue growing our presence and strong relationships in the region as the safest and most innovative industrial gas company.”

R. Ramachandran, Director (Refineries) at BPCL, stated, “The commissioning of the IREP in 2017 has made the BPCL Kochi Refinery the largest public-sector refinery in the country and enabled it to manufacture auto-fuels complying with the required Bharat Stage IV (Euro IV) specifications and a greater depth of conversion. We are happy to partner with leading global players such as Air Products to achieve this target.”

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Prasad K. Panicker, Executive Director, BPCL Kochi Refinery, said, “The PDPP enables BPCL to enter the Indian petrochemical market and enhance the value obtained from its refining operations. BPCL values having a long-term reliable supply of syngas and other industrial gases to support these new petrochemical production units.”

The syngas unit will employ Air Products’ proprietary cryogenic gas separation technologies to produce a hydrogen (H2)/carbon monoxide (CO) syngas which will feed the new PDPP, which BPCL is developing to serve the growing domestic market in India. The addition of the syngas unit will complement the on-going operations of Air Products’ industrial gas complex which now supplies H2, nitrogen (N2), oxygen (O2) and steam to BPCL’s Kochi Refinery.

Richard Boocock, President, Industrial Gases – Middle East, India, Egypt and Turkey at Air Products, said, “We are delighted to be expanding our Kochi Industrial Gas Complex to support the continued development and expansion of BPCL’s Kochi Refinery.” He continued, “It’s a privilege to be able to bring yet more of our innovative and proprietary technologies to this world-scale industrial gas complex.”

Air Products has deployed an innovative combination of technologies in order to meet BPCL’s varied, tonnage industrial gas supply needs at the Kochi facility. The innovative combination of technologies includes:

  • Two steam methane reformer (SMR) trains, designed and built by Air Products through its Global Alliance with TechnipFMC, to produce over 15 tonnes per hour of hydrogen for use in the production of cleaner burning transportation fuels.
  • A cryogenic syngas purification system to create a mixture of approximately 14 tonnes per hour of purified H2 and CO.
  • An air separation unit to produce N2 and O2 for the refinery and petrochemical complex.
  • A gas turbine to produce power for the Air Products facilities.