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BPCL Kochi Refinery develops food grade quality product FGQ hexane

KOCHI: With an intention to primarily promote agro-processing, BPCL Kochi Refinery has launched the specialty product of food grade quality hexane (FGQ hexane). This is the first time that Kochi Refinery is making a food grade quality product.

The product is mainly used as solvent in the solvent extraction units for spices and vegetable oil. It is also used by drug and pharmaceutical industry and also as solvent in other specialty applications. Much of FGQ Hexane used in the country is currently imported.

FGQ hexane is a light distillate produced from special cut naphtha where the hexane rich stream is extracted and purified to meet the required specification. FGQ Hexane is being produced in the isomerization unit of Kochi Refinery which came up as part of the integrated refinery expansion project (IREP). The unit has the capacity to produce 5000 tonnes per year.

The new product was launched at a function in which BPCL chairman and MD D Rajkumar, flagged off the first truck carrying the product to the first customer AVT.

In the late 1990s, Kochi Refinery had developed the natural rubber modified bitumen (NRMB) providing an alternative scope for rubber.
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