Kochi refinery expansion project will be delayed at least by six months and now the completion date has been rescheduled to May 2016 instead of earlier December 2015. According to some people who are closely associated with the project, even the extended deadline may not be achieved as the overall physical progress as of December, 2013 had been only 21%. Engineers India is the consultant for the project which was started in 2011.
Kochi refinery capacity expansion project envisages capacity expansion of existing refinery from 9.5 MTPA to 15.5 MTPA. The project is estimated to cost Rs 14,225 crore. Essar Projects in consortium with G. R. Engineering had bagged order (worth Rs.550 crore) for reactor regenerator package of 2.2 million tpa Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) for the project. Essar Projects will also do project management, residual process design, detailed engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, commissioning, and performance testing of the coke drum structure package (CDSP) of the delayed coker unit (DCU) of the project. BHEL will supply three Gas Turbines for the project.