Honeywell has announced that Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) is using technologies from UOP for the expansion and modernization of its refinery at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on the southeast coast of India.
Included in the project are licensing, basic engineering design and other associated services for a Penex isomerization unit, which helps make cleaner burning high-octane gasoline, and a Unicracking hydrocracking unit to produce cleaner burning diesel fuel.
The Penex and Unicracking processes together will significantly enhance HPCL’s ability to supply gasoline and diesel that meets the Indian government’s new Bharat Stage-VI clean fuels standard, and meets growing demand for those fuels.
They also improve gross refining margins by converting low value feed stocks to high-value transportation fuels.
India’s gross domestic product currently is growing at 7 to 8 percent, driving robust growth in demand for gasoline — particularly as automobile sales increase – and diesel fuel, driven by growth in commercial and agricultural production.