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Air Products starts up syngas supply to BPCL Kochi refinery

| By Mary Bailey

Air Products (Lehigh Valey, Pa.) announced that the Kochi Industrial Gas Complex is reliably supplying syngas to the Propylene Derivatives Petrochemical Project (PDPP) at the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) Kochi Refinery. This is the company’s second supply contract with BPCL at Kochi. Air Products already operates a world-scale industrial gas complex which was commissioned in 2017, and inaugurated in 2018, to support the BPCL Integrated Refinery Expansion Project (IREP) at the same location.

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Air Products’ Kochi industrial gas complex located in Kerala, India. (Source: Air Products)

Dr. Samir J. Serhan, chief operating officer, Air Products said: “Air Products is privileged to supply syngas and aid BPCL’s entry in the petrochemical market. I am proud of the teams who have shown exceptional resilience and dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic. The work they have done to support this facility shows how persistently we exhibit our core values of safety, speed, simplicity, and self-confidence in this region and around the globe. Kochi is a shining example of our ability to come together as a team, wherever we are in the world, to execute large-scale, essential industrial gas projects for our valued customers.”

Sanjay Khanna, executive director of BPCL Kochi Refinery, said: “We are happy to continue our association with Air Products and congratulate the Air Products team for their commitment to safety, timely and reliable supply of products to the PDPP. The Syngas supplied by Air Products is a critical component for PDPP and will enable BPCL’s entry in the Propylene Derivative Petrochemical market in a big way. This represents a significant multi-national company investment in India and support for India’s vision to become self-reliant. PDPP will produce niche products like Acrylic acid, Oxo-alcohols and Acrylates utilizing industrial gases supplied by Air Products.”

Adding his appreciation, Anand Chordia, managing director, Air Products India, said: ”The supply of syngas at the Kochi Industrial Gas Complex reinforces Air Products India’s capabilities to execute large-scale projects indigenously through detailed engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and through to reliable supply.”

Krishnan Jaishankar, Kochi Facility head, Air Products India said: “We are delighted to expand our offerings to BPCL and strengthen our association further. I am pleased that we made this brownfield project a reality despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and while continuing to deliver strong safety and operating performance from our existing plant.”