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BPCL C&MD launches Food Grade Quality - Hexane- a new product from Kochi Refinery

16 Nov 2018 | BPCL

With the primary aim to promoting agro-processing, BPCL Kochi Refinery has launched the specialty product Food Grade Quality Hexane (FGQ Hexane) that could turn out to be a boon for the agricultural sector of Southern India.

Shri. D Rajkumar, Chairman & Managing Director, BPCL, flagged off the first truck carrying FG Hexane in the presence of Shri. R Ramachandran, Director (Refineries), Shri. N Vijayagopal, Director (Finance) designate, Shri. Prasad K Panicker, Executive Director (Kochi Refinery)i/c, Shri Sharad Sharma, Executive Director (Industrial & Commercial), Shri. P S Ramachandran, Executive Director (Projects), KR and Shri. Jayesh Shah, Executive Director (HR), KR.

This is the first time that Kochi Refinery is producing a ‘Food Grade Quality’ product. FGQ Hexane is a light distillate produced from special cut Naphtha where the Hexane rich stream is extracted and purified to meet the required specification. This product is mainly used as solvent in the solvent extraction units for spices and vegetable oil. This is also used by drug and pharmaceutical industry and also as solvent in other specialty applications. Much of FGQ Hexane used in the country is imported and therefore would be helpful to the Make In India initiatives.

FGQ Hexane is being produced in the Isomerization unit of Kochi Refinery which came up as part of the Integrated Refinery Expansion Project (IREP). Kochi Refinery currently has the capacity to produce 5000 tonnes per year. In the product portfolio at Kochi Refinery, FGQ Hexane is 21st in line.

“This is a landmark in the history of Kochi Refinery since we are now producing a food grade quality product. This would help the food processing industry and the farming community. Kochi Refinery had always tried to promote farming based industries in South India. In the late 1990s, Kochi Refinery had developed the Natural Rubber Modified Bitumen (NRMB) through its Research & Development Center and had provided an alternative scope for rubber which is increasingly cultivated in Sothern India. Thereafter, NRMB has been a prime product of KR which helped in laying better roads. Launching of FG Hexane is a similar kind of effort,” shared Shri. Panicker, ED (Kochi Refinery).