Vastavam web: Indian oil refiners are drawing up plans to use petroleum coke for power generation and to produce syngas after the government banned use of the heavily polluting fuel in and around New Delhi.The units produce petcoke as a byproduct, equivalent to 25-30 percent of a unit’s capacity, which refiners sell to local industries. But after the Supreme Court imposed a ban on petcoke in New Delhi and three surrounding states from last month to fight pollution, refiners are having to rethink what they do with the fuel.
The oil ministry has also asked state refiners to consider setting up petcoke gasifiers, a government source said.IOC is evaluating building a 2 million tonne per annum (mtpa) petcoke gasifier costing 150 billion-200 billion rupees ($2.3 bln-$3.1 bln) at its 300,000-barrel per day (bpd) Paradip refinery in eastern India, its chairman said.“Normally petcoke gasifiers are large and capital intensive. A possibility is that we can build one gasifier for two to three refineries,” Singh said. IOC operates 11 refineries in India.
Reliance Industries, owner of the world’s biggest oil refining complex, has set up petcoke gasifiers to produce gas for internal needs using 6.5 mtpa petcoke produced at its two refineries.