Environment, Health & Safety

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Mission

To have safe, healthy and pollution free environment in and around all our refineries, plants, facilities and other premises at all times; instill awareness in these areas, including relevant laws, in all employees, their families and the communities in which we carry out our activities.

Environment Policy

The Corporation is committed to conduct its operation in such a manner as compatible with environment and economic development of the community. Its aim is to create an awareness and respect for the environment, stressing on every employee’s involvement in environmental improvement by ensuring healthy operating practices, philosophy and training.

Health Policy

To provide a structured program to look after and promote the health of vital “Human Resource”, essential for productivity and effectiveness of the Corporation

Safety Policy

As an integral part of its business, HPCL believes that no work or service or activity is so important or urgent that safety be overlooked or compromised. Safety of the employees and public, protection of their as well as Corporation’s assets shall be paramount. Corporation considers that safety is one of the important tools to enhance productivity and to reduce national losses. The Corporation will constantly Endeavour to achieve and maintain high standards of Safety in its operations

Recent Initiatives

HPCL maintains high standards of safety, health and environmental care at all its operating locations, always ensuring that increasing scales of operation have no negative impact on the standards of safety, health and environment and without losing sight of its long term goal of zero occupational injuries, operational incidents and environmental releases.

HPCL is committed to conducting business with a strong focus on preserving the environment, sustainable development, safe work place and enrichment of the quality of life of employees, customers and the community. Established systems and procedures are constantly revised for continual improvement to achieve the higher standards of safety, occupational health and environment protection.

HPCL has well equipped health care facilities / arrangements at all major locations. Occupational Health is focus area for HPCL and all issues pertaining to occupational health are addressed comprehensively.

HPCL has made significant improvements in its safety performance over the years. The safety management systems of both the refineries are being audited continually by M/s. DNV, in line with their international safety rating system (ISRS). Mumbai Refinery & Visakh Refinery has already been upgraded from level 6 to level 8.

Emissions of pollutants in the refineries like SO2 have been drastically reduced from 60 TPD in 1984 to less than 25 TPD now, in spite of capacity increase from 4.5 MMTPA to 13 MMTPA and addition of various secondary processing and lube producing facilities.

HPCL had pioneered Eco-friendly technologies such as changeover from Phenol to NMP solvent in three lube extraction units and changeover from Oleum to NMP in the Hexane Treating Plant, which were widely appreciated.

Diesel Desulphurisation facilities are fully operational in both the Refineries to reduce the sulphur in diesel from 1.0% to less than 0.05 %, to conform to BIS 2000/Euro II norms.

HPCL has undertaken projects worth about Rs. 2750 Crore for its “green fuels” project in its Refineries for de-bottlenecking and process up gradation for the production of Euro III diesel and petrol, to be in line with the national policy to implement Euro III and Euro IV norms for fuel quality. These Projects are in an advanced stage of completion.

Both refineries have taken initiatives for treating the crude tank sludge, in environmental friendly manner using in situ BALCO Technology of M/s Balmer and Lawrie & Co. Ltd

Over 75% of the petroleum products from the Refineries are being evacuated through pipelines. Dependence on road transport for evacuation of products has been reduced drastically, resulting in considerable reduction in auto emissions to atmosphere.

In line with the hazardous Waste Management rules, different hazardous waste like spent catalysts, oily silt, non oily insulations etc. are being disposed off to Treatment, Storage & Disposal Facilities approved by Pollution Control Board In order to comply with the future proposed liquid effluent norms, replacement of existing ETP-I & ETP-II with new integrated ETP by adopting Cyclic activated Sludge treatment followed by Membrane Bio-Reactor and TTP has been approved and work placement is in progress at Mumbai Refinery.

Ambient Air quality is being monitored round the clock and maintained as per National Ambient Air Quality Standard.

On line Monitoring of pollutants like CO, NOx, HC, SO2, SPM from all the stacks are being carried out.

The Environment Management System of both the Refineries, have been re- audited and awarded accreditation under ISO-14001 revised standards.

All the 44 LPG Plants are certified with ISO 9001:2000, 38 plants with ISO 14001 and 21 plants are OHSAS: 18001 certified.

68 POL locations (as of 2008) are certified with ISO 9001, 32 locations with ISO 14001 and 12 locations with ISRS and 3 locations with OHSAS 18001.

Extensive green coverage has been provided in and around the refineries, marketing installations and housing colonies.

Awards:

The Corporation commitment to excellence has won several national awards and accolades for outstanding performance in the field of Safety and Environment.

Mumbai Refinery:

Mumbai Refinery has won the following Safety & Environment awards:

  • 6th consecutive time, Mumbai Refinery has been conferred with "GREENTECH AWARD" for the year 2008 under the 'Environmental Excellence' category by Greentech Foundation, New Delhi.
  • 2nd consecutive time, Mumbai Refinery has been conferred with “GOLDEN PEACOCK AWARD” for the year 2007 for excellence in Environmental Management Systems by World Environment Foundation (WEF) & Institute of Directors (IOD), New Delhi.

Visakh Refinery:

Visakh Refinery has won the following Safety & Environment awards:

  • Conferred with "SILVER GREENTECH AWARD" for the year 2007 under the 'Environmental Excellence' category by Greentech Foundation, New Delhi.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Centenary Award, instituted by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for Improvement in Specific Energy Consumption was bagged by the refinery.
  • Conferred with First Prize for Energy Conservation in Petroleum Refining Sector for the year 2007 by Center for High Technology New Delhi.

Marketing Loctions:

The Marketing Locations have won the following Safety & Environment awards:

  • Oil Industry Safety Directorate Award - 2006-07 for SBU of LPG and Lubes operations.
  • Greentech Environment Excellence Gold Award 2007 for Hasan Terminal.
  • Golden Peacock Award – 2007 for Excellence in Occupational Health and Safety Management for Mangalore Terminal.
  • Greentech foundation for the year 2007 for Betkuchi depot
  • National Safety Award -2006 for Budge Budge Terminal
  • Silver Green Tech Safety Award -2007. for Salawas depot and Sanganer
  • Green Tech Safety Award 2007 for Loni, Nasik , Raipur Jatni , Hazaribagh and Patna LPG Plants.
  • NSC-Maharashtra Chapter Award 2006, Six Plant locations in Maharashtra received this Award for safe operations
  • Golden Peacock Innovation Award 2007 from Institution of Directors for Chennai ASF.
  • Environment Excellence Silver Award 2007 from Greentech Foundation for Santacruz ASF.
  • Safety Innovation Award 2007 from Institution Of Engineers (India) for Palam ASF.
  • Safety Innovation Award 2007 from Institution Of Engineers(India) for Santacruz ASF.
  • Environment Excellence Gold Award 2007 from Greentech Foundation for Palam ASF