To undertake the design and feasibility for India’s largest industrial carbon capture and utilization (CCUS) project at Koyali refinery of Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOCL) near Vadodara, a consortium led by engineering design services company Dastur has been selected. It comprises Dastur International, Inc., along with its affiliate Dastur Energy Inc. and M. N. Dastur & Co (P) Ltd. (Dastur); Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions; and the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dastur will be the prime contractor for the development and will lead the consortium. The refinery at Koyali is the flagship refinery of IOCL and has the potential to capture over 5000 tonnes per day (tpd) or more than 1.5 mtpa of CO₂ for large scale enhanced oil recovery (EOR) operations.
CO₂ captured from its hydrogen generation units will be primarily used for EOR at the Oil and Natural Gas Commission’s (ONGC) oilfield at Gandhar, Gujarat, near Koyali. The project will examine the technical viability, economic cost and feasibility of capturing CO₂; develop technical specifications, designs and plans; review and identify necessary approvals and permits required; and analyze the environmental benefits CCUS.
Commenting on the development, Shri S.S.V. Ramakumar, Director (R&D) and Board member of IOCL said, “This sustainability initiative from IOCL is probably the first of its kind industrial scale carbon capture project in a large refinery in India.”