(EnergyAsia, June 30) — India’s first motor spirit quality (MSQ) upgrading unit has been commissioned at IndianOil’s Mathura Refinery with the first isomerisation unit starting up recently.


IndianOil said that with the commissioning of the isomerisation unit, the refinery has become the first in the country to produce gasoline of Euro III specifications.


“The Mathura refinery continues to be in the fore front of supplying environmental friendly petroleum products which gives the refinery a competitive advantage and distinct edge over the others in the (domestic) market,” said IndianOil.


On May 2, Mathura refinery had commissioned a diesel hydro-treater unit to produce Euro III grade diesel.


Jaspal Singh, IndianOil’s refineries director, said that the two new facilities represent a major step in IndianOil’s contribution to improving India’s environmental health. He said that a similar motor spirit quality improvement unit is being built at IndianOil’s Haldia refinery in West Bengal, while the Gujarat refinery would soon launch its unit by next June.


The latest MS quality upgrading project has been implemented at a cost of Rs7 billion using technology provided by UOP of the US. (US$1=Rs43).