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Single Point Mooring for Crude Oil Import

         Kochi Refineries Ltd (BPCl-KRL) has set up a Single Point Mooring System (SPM) as captive reception for the import of Crude oil. The facility is capable of receiving Very large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) of 300,000 DWT. The SPM is connected by a pipeline of 19.5 km to tank storage facilities at Puthuvypeen. The SPM is located at a water depth of 30 m, about 19 km from the coastline of Puthuvypeen. The depth of 30 m will allow 300000 DWT tankers with draughts of over 21 m to remain moored during virtually all wind and wave conditions. The SPM is connected to the shore by a 48 inch pipeline that runs to a storage facility comprising 4 tanks of 80,000 Kl each. The total area of the facility is 70 hectares, which provides room for two more storage tanks of 80,000 Kl capacity. The facility became fully operational in December 2007.

Location SPM: 18.7 km (10 Nm) off Puthuvypeen shore
Shore Tank Farm: Puthuvypeen SEZ area
Land Area 70 ha
Developer BPCL-KR
Details of Facilities
  • SPM for receiving VLCC of 3 lakhs tonnes
  • 48'' dia submarine pipeline connecting SPM to shore Tank Farm
  • Tank farm for storage and pumping facilities at Puthuvypeen
  • 30'' Cross country pipeline from tank farm to Refinery.
Investment Total Investment: Rs. 703.34 crores
Present Status Facility has been operationalised in December 2007