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BPCL Kochi Refinery has undertaken many projects during the past years

Kochi Refinery, a unit of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL-KR), is a 9.5 MMTPA Refinery located at Ambalamugal in Ernakulam District (Kerala), India. The Refinery was commissioned in 1966 with crude oil processing capacity of 2.5 Million Metric Tons per Annum (MMTPA). Through progressive revamps and addition of process units, the refining capacity has been augmented to present level of 9.5 MMTPA, incorporating advanced refining technologies.

During 2008-09, the refinery set out on a bottoms up-gradation project and Environment clearance obtained for the project in February 2009.

Subsequently, in view of the high demand growth of petroleum products projected in the coming years in the country and also to retain its profitability and competitiveness in the long run, BPCL-KR is implementing its ambitious Integrated Refinery Expansion Project (IREP) with the help of Engineers India Limited (EIL) as Consultant. In addition to enhancement of refining capacity to 15.5 MMTPA, quality up-gradation of auto-fuels to Euro-IV/ V norms and up-gradation of refinery residue to value added products are envisaged as part of the project. The IREP project of BPCL envisages the following:

  • Increasing the refining share of BPCL from 15.7 % to 18.8 %
  • Increasing the refining capacity of Kochi Refinery by 6 MMTPA from the present 9.5 MMTPA to 15.5 MMTPA
  • Modernization of refinery to produce auto-fuels complying with Euro-IV/Euro-V specifications
  • Up-gradation of residue stream from the refinery to value added products so that the heavy stream generation from the refinery is minimized
  • Production of propylene as petrochemical feedstock to BPCL’s proposed petrochemical complex.

Major projects completed in the recent years

  • Phase II of Expansion cum Modernisation Project
  • Phase-I of Capacity Expansion cum Modernisation Project
  • Single Point Mooring (SPM) facility for crude oil receipt
  • Biturox unit for production of new grades of Bitumen
  • Propylene Recover Unit
  • Integrated Refinery Business Improvement Program
  • A Rain Water Harvesting Facility of 1,25,000 Kilolitre capacity
  • An Ecological Park within the refinery spread over an area of 5.5 acres


CRZ approval from MOEF & CC for laying Heat Traced Pipeline from South Tanker Berth to BPCL Kochi Refinery.
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Environmental Clearance for the installation of two no’s additional tanks to store Crude Oil in the special economic Zone in Sy No.347 at Puthuvypeen Village, Puthuvypeen Taluk, Ernakulum district, Kerala
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EC compliance Report (May 23, 2016) of Propylene Derivatives Petrochemical Project (PDPP) at Kochi Refinery. 
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Environmental Clearance for BS VI quality fuel up gradation and new MS block at Kunnathunad Tehsil , Ernakulum District, Ambalamugal, Kochi, Kerala 
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Compliance Report for BS VI quality fuel up gradation and new MS block project of BPCL Kochi Refinery, Ambalamugal, Kochi, Kerala
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Half Yearly Compliance Report Oct-Mar 2017- Environmental Clearnance issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change
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