India - Bottoms Upgrading Project Feasibility Study
United States Trade and Development Agency, USTDA | Published March 17, 2016 - Deadline April 22, 2016
Proposal Submission Place:Mr. B.K. DattaDirector, RefineriesBharat Bhavan4 and 6 Currimbhoy RoadBallard EstateMumbai, India 400001Phone: +91 022.2271.3000Fax: +91 022.2271.3874
The Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, BPCL ("Grantee") invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the "Proposal") from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to develop a feasibility study (FS) project for the Grantee that would review the existing refinery configuration and select the best bottom upgrading technologies suitable for its Mumbai refinery.
BPCL refines and markets petroleum products in India. BPCL recently extended its activities upstream and now has interests in 28 exploration blocks in India, Australia, Brazil, East Timor, Indonesia, Mozambique and the UK. With the incorporation of upstream subsidiary Bharat PetroResources Limited, BPCL is now a fully integrated major oil company. It has a total annual refining capacity in excess of 30 MMT with two fully owned refineries at Mumbai & Kochi, a subsidiary refinery at Numaligarh in Assam and one Joint Venture refinery at Bina. BPCL markets the full range of petroleum products. The company's marketing network comprises of over 10,300 Fueling stations, 2,658 LPG distributors and 1,014 SKO/LDO dealers. In 2013 BPCL's turnover was over US$ 42 billion, with total sales including exports of 39 million tons in 2012-13.
BPLC's Mumbai refinery, is a 12.0 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA) oil refinery, which was commissioned in 1955 with a crude oil processing capacity of 2.2 MMTPA. The refining capacity has been augmented to the present level, through progressive revamps, addition of various process units and incorporation of advanced refining technologies. Considerable modifications have been carried out to meet the quality objectives since 2005. A previously completed refinery configuration study was directed at upgrading the quality of i) auto fuels (Gasoline and Diesel) to BS V and ii) upgrading the residual fuel. This study proposed the addition of a Distillate Hydrotreater (DHT) and bottoms upgrading unit(s). Accordingly, BPCL has developed a roadmap to setup DHT plant by December 2017 and a bottom upgrading project targeted by 2020-2021 to meet the new environmental restrictions dictated by the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) timetable for lowering sulfur restrictions on bunker fuel oils.
In order to meet these environmental specifications for its products, remain competitive and improve refinery profitability further, BPCL is launching a Bottoms Upgrading Project (BUP) at the Mumbai refinery. Prior to conducting the BUP, BPCL requires FS support to review the existing refinery configuration and select the best bottom upgrading technologies suitable for the Mumbai refinery. The Mumbai refinery has special needs and faces special restrictions due to its location in a congested densely populated area of Mumbai. This will require a high level of expertise to solve their problems best addressed with high level refinery technology expertise. This study will consider all the commercially viable technology options for upgrading heavy fuel oil consistent with the special space restrictions prevalent at the Mumbai refinery. This will include catalytic hydrocracking (slurry, circulating bed and fixed bed), visbreaking, deasphalting, gasification, Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle, advanced combustion, and/or various combinations of these processes.
The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $836,550 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).
A detailed Request for Proposals (RFP), which includes requirements for the Proposal, the Terms of Reference, and portions of a background Definitional Mission report are available from USTDA, at 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901. To request the RFP in PDF format, please go to:https://www.ustda.gov/businessopps/rfpform.asp. Requests for a mailed hardcopy version of the RFP may also be faxed to the IRC, USTDA at 703-875-4009. In the fax, please include your firm's name, contact person, address, and telephone number. Some firms have found that RFP materials sent by U.S. mail do not reach them in time for preparation of an adequate response. Firms that want USTDA to use an overnight delivery service should include the name of the delivery service and your firm's account number in the request for the RFP. Firms that want to send a courier to USTDA to retrieve the RFP should allow one hour after faxing the request to USTDA before scheduling a pick-up. Please note that no telephone requests for the RFP will be honored. Please check your internal fax verification receipt. Because of the large number of RFP requests, USTDA cannot respond to requests for fax verification. Requests for RFPs received before 4:00 PM will be mailed the same day. Requests received after 4:00 PM will be mailed the following day. Please check with your courier and/or mail room before calling USTDA.
Only U.S. firms and individuals may bid on this USTDA financed activity. Interested firms, their subcontractors and employees of all participants must qualify under USTDA's nationality requirements as of the due date for submission of qualifications and proposals and, if selected to carry out the USTDA-financed activity, must continue to meet such requirements throughout the duration of the USTDA-financed activity. All goods and services to be provided by the selected firm shall have their nationality, source and origin in the U.S. or host country. The U.S. firm may use subcontractors from the host country for up to 20 percent of the USTDA grant amount. Details of USTDA's nationality requirements and mandatory contract clauses are also included in the RFP.
Interested U.S. firms should submit their Proposal in English directly to the Grantee by 14:00, April 22, 2016 at the above address. Evaluation criteria for the Proposal are included in the RFP. Price will not be a factor in contractor selection, and therefore, cost proposals should NOT be submitted. The Grantee reserves the right to reject any and/or all Proposals. The Grantee also reserves the right to contract with the selected firm for subsequent work related to the project. The Grantee is not bound to pay for any costs associated with the preparation and submission of Proposals.