BPCL's Bina refinery goes on stream

Prime minister Manmohan Singh today dedicated the 6 million tonne Bharat-Oman refinery in Bina, in Madhya Pradesh, to the nation at a ceremony held at the refinery complex.

The refinery, set up jointly by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) and Oman Oil Company, is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to produce Euro III and IV petroleum products. It has an inbuilt flexibility to meet Euro - V equivalent standards for petrol and diesel with minimal investment.

The refinery complex, spread over 2,500 acres, also houses the Bina Dispatch Terminal (BDT), with product storage tanks and dispatch facilities for both rail and road movement of petroleum products.

Besides, the refinery has the flexibility to process all types of crude oil.

The project, established at a investment of over $2 billion (Rs12,000 crore), has bottom upgradation facility to ensure yield maximisation. The refinery also has an assured offtake, since it will meet the demand of high quality fuel in markets with deficit supply.

The Bina Refinery project also has a single point mooring (SPM) system located at Vadinar, in Gujarat, which facilitates unloading of crude oil from very large crude carriers (VLCCs). The crude received at Vadinar on the west coast is transported to Bina along a 935 km long pipeline passing through the Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.