Reliance Jamnagar refinery 94% complete
PM News Bureau
Commissioning Ahead of Schedule
Reliance Petroleum Ltd's 29 million tpa greenfield refinery coming up at
Jamnagar special economic zone is 94 per cent complete, and is scheduled to
commission ahead of its initial schedule of December 2008. According to an RPL
statement, project EPC activities have been completed and construction
activities are progressing to meet pre-commissioning requirements.
Civil construction is complete while all major equipment, including super-heavy
equipment, has been installed and are at various pre-commissioning stages.
Structural steel fabrication, pipe fabrication and underground piping works are
nearing completion, the statement said.
While hydro-testing activities are in full swing, above-ground piping works are
in an advanced stage of completion. In coming months, RPL, a subsidiary of
Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance Industries Ltd, is geared to sustain the
pre-commissioning and commissioning activities on a fast-track basis, the
RPL's 29 million tpa refinery is expected to be the world's sixth largest
petroleum refinery. Reliance Industries Ltd's 33 million tpa petroleum refinery
at Jamnagar, commissioned in 1999, is today the world's third largest petroleum
According to unconfirmed reports, the world's largest petroleum refinery is
Paraguana Refining Complex in Venezuela that processes 940,000 barrels of oil
per day (or 47 million tonnes per year). Consisting of Amuay (630,000 bpd) and
Cardon (310,000 bpd) refineries, the complex is owned by the state oil company
Petroleos de Venezuela SA. The world's second largest refinery is the private
sector SK Energy Company's 840,000 bpd (42 million tpa) facility in South Korea.
[July 28-August 3, 2008]