Engineers India Ltd. (EIL), a leading design and engineering
organization in South Asia with decades of experience in the oil &
gas sector, was the engineering, procurement, and construction
management consultant for this project.
The IOCL project management office inducted experienced engineers to exclusively handle the butadiene plant project.
Identification of critical milestones, estimates from feasibility
studies, time-bound closures, maximum use of existing facilities, and
reusable assets were a few approaches IOCL adopted for effective change
management. The teams made extensive use of project management tools
like Oracle Primavera to schedule, monitor, and control the project.
The teams worked in close co-ordination, back calculated the completion
time of activities, put in additional resources when required and
prepared catch up plans. They conducted brainstorming sessions, audits,
shop floor visits, and monthly, weekly, and daily review meetings with
site and construction contractors, suppliers, and vendors to monitor and
Butadiene experts helped train existing IOCL engineers and carried out
hazard and safety operations by installing a special chemical cleaning
procedure and an innovative technique to ensure leak proof operations.
Instead of purchasing all the required equipment, the team camped at the
project site for 20 days and re-engineered processes. One such
innovation is to use existing transfer pumps to operate in dual mode –
one for storage and transfer to SBR plant, and the other for storage and
transfer to the loading gantry for direct merchant sale of butadiene.
The project was completed with no rework, or cost and time overruns, and
adhered to quality assurances plans and standards, leading to an
accident-free 20 lakh human hours.
IOCL's adoption of innovative construction techniques, mature project
management processes, and the integration and synchronization of inter
and intra personnel tasks led to the success of the project.
Mr. Narinder Kumar, executive director (project), IOCL, states, "The
butadiene extraction unit project has set high standards in project
management. It is a matter of honor for us that the project has won PMI
India Best Project of the Year award under the medium sized projects
category. Congratulations to the entire project team for the spectacular