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India’s ONGC commissions new FCC unit at MRPL refinery in Mangalore

09.01.2014  | 

Commissioning of the FCC will increase the refinery’s production of LPG, light distillates, and propylene to be used as feedstock for an integrated polypropylene (PP) unit, MRPL said.


ONGC subsidiary Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals (MRPL) achieved the feed-cut into the petrochemical fluidized catalytic cracking unit (PFCCU), one of the major secondary process units in its Phase III, the company announced on Monday.

MRPL’s FCC, with design capacity of 2.2 million tpy, is the second such unit in the country and it can produce about 20% of its product as polymer-grade propylene, apart from almost 25% of product as LPG. 

The unit will enable MRPL to triple the LPG production from this 15 million tpy grassroots refinery.

The technology of the process is licensed from Technip Stone & Webster, and the project was executed by Engineers India Ltd.

“Currently the unit is under stabilization," said Shri Vijay Joshi, the refinery director at MRPL. "The products -- LPG, naphtha and light cycle oil -- have been routed to respective destinations.”

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