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Jamnagar Oil Refinery, Gujurat, India Overview

Scope of Work Engineering, procurement, project management, and construction consulting
Value $6+ billion
Schedule 2005–2008
Business Oil, Gas & Chemicals

Expansion makes Jamnagar the world's largest oil-refining hub

When Bechtel completed the Reliance Jamnagar complex in 2000, it was the largest refinery and petrochemicals complex ever built from the ground up. Now it's even bigger, and lays claim to being the world's largest oil-refining hub.

We finished a second refinery, adjacent to the first in the West India state of Gujarat, in 2008, nearly doubling the facility's capacity to more than 1.2 million barrels per day. Bechtel and its worldwide team completed this massive project in a record time of less than three years.

Inside the Project

Construction of the second refinery required over 200,000 engineering and supplier documents, more than 1.9 million cubic yards (1.5 million cubic meters) of concrete, some 13 million feet (4 million meters) of piping, and 4,400 pieces of major equipment. The work site itself covered an area larger than London.

At peak construction, the project employed more than 70,000 workers. In addition, Bechtel created a “virtual company” involving some 2,800 engineers and other professionals in 19 offices around the world—perhaps the most widely distributed workforce Bechtel has ever applied to a project.

Connecting a worldwide team

The goal was to make it possible for everybody to work together as if they were in the same place, and Bechtel ensured this outcome through a purpose-built communications network. This network linked every location and enabled simultaneous collaborative work on engineering drawings and other documents among people in multiple locations around the globe. Bechtel also modified software to facilitate the immense amount of sharing and record-keeping required.

Why it matters

The gasoline and diesel produced at Jamnagar is for export, predominantly to the United States and Europe.

Jamnagar is much more than a pair of giant refineries. It’s a massive, integrated manufacturing complex that also boasts aromatics and a petrochemical plant, a power generation system, a port and terminal complex, and access to a pipeline network. The second refinery nearly doubled the capacity of the Jamnagar complex. And the expansion increased its capability and flexibility, enabling Jamnagar to refine lower-grade crude oil and produce higher-value products.

In addition to gasoline, diesel, jet, and other fuels produced by the original refinery, it increased production of polypropylene, which is used to create such products as fibers, films, and household plastic goods.

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