Continuing its endeavour in saving millions for Indian
Oil Corporation (IOC), leading captive power and cogeneration
boiler company Thermax Babcock & Wilcox (TBW) has
signed up automation and spares orders worth Rs 110 million
from the former.
Barauni refinery in Bihar has two 38-year-old boilers
that are outdated and were on the verge of replacement,
but thanks to TBW, these are being upgraded to the latest
designs to ensure safe and reliable operations.
Barauni will have had to spend Rs 450 million to buy
new boilers for replacement of the old ones, but with
TBW''s world-renowned technique, India''s largest refinery
will be saving millions Rs 340 million to be
precise. In fact, IOC will be saving Rs 3.8 million
per annum due to higher efficiency on fuel alone.
TBW vice-president R Advani: "Since the boilers
are Russian-make, the spares are very difficult to source.
Our indigenous technology will not only ensure the upgrading
of the boilers but also eliminate the erstwhile dangerous
manual firing system."
post-changeover, the NOX (nitrogen oxide) emissions
which were way above the standards, will be down to
150 ppm (parts per million) on firing the boilers with
refinery gas an in-house process generated fuel.
upgrades for the boilers that are more than three decades
old at IOCL are a model example of ''total boiler revamp''
where a boiler undergoes complete facelift of all critical
parts and gets a fresh lease of life possibly equal
to its age. Isn''t it a reincarnation of a kind for the
aged operating system?" asks Sanjay Jumde, senior
manager, who handles the renovation and modernisation
of oil and gas fired boilers at TBW.
Barauni had floated global enquiry with the objective
of upgrading its boilers to achieve improved performance
and be compatible with the new distributed control system
(DCS) that is being installed by IOC. Due to the manual
supervision of the above boilers there was sheer lack
of controls and instrumentation leading to chaos at
times. TBW''s proven technological prowess showcased
for IOC''s Gujarat refinery in August 1999 for 75 TPH
boilers of the same design and age clinched the deal
in its favour.
Rs 115,039-crore IOC, which has seven refineries, has
embarked on a massive Rs 500-crore expansion work wherein
its boilers, piping and layout will be upgraded and
new equipment installed. IOC''s association with TBW
has evolved over a period of time with initial orders
for renovation and modernisation at IOC Baroda and IOC
IOC Guwahati, which is the oldest refinery in India
set up in 1962, TBW had successfully done a boiler upgrade
work. The relationship has taken off with this order
and will further strengthen in future with TBW''s high-quality
is a 13-year-old joint venture between Thermax (India)
and Babcock & Wilcox (USA). Thermax has 33 years
of vibrant experience in India, most of it in the boiler
industry. B&W has more than 133 years of technology
leadership. This joint venture, on equity partnership
basis, brought into India the best industrial boiler
technology available in the world.
products and services of this JV cover a wide spectrum
from packaged factory made units to large site erected
boilers with a large variety of solid, liquid and gaseous
fuels. As of today, TBW has more than 80 successful
conversions and technology upgrades in its reference