Bitumen is a common binder used in road construction. It is principally
obtained as a residual product in petroleum refineries after higher fractions like
gas, petrol, kerosene and diesel, etc., are removed. Indian Standard Institution
defines Bitumen as a black or dark brown non-crystalline soil or viscous material
having adhesive properties derived from petroleum crude either by natural or by
IndianOil produces bitumen from its refineries at Panipat, Mathura, Koyali, Haldia
and Chennai and markets it in bulk as well as packed in steel drums. IndianOil also
markets modified Bitumen CRMB and Emulsion. CRMB is produced at Panipat, Mathura,
Koyali, Haldia and CPCL refineries. IndianOil markets Bitumen Emulsion by the brand
name Indemul and it is produced from emulsion plants located in Haldia and Panipat
refineries. CRMB and Emulsion are available both in bulk as well as in packed drums.
General uses of Bitumen:
For civil engineering works
- Constructions of roads, runways and platforms.
- Water proofing to prevent water seepage.
- Mastic floorings for factories and godowns.
- Canal lining to prevent erosion.
- Dump-proof courses for masonry.
- Tank foundation.
- Joint filling material for mason
- Electrical cables and junction boxes.
- In battery manufacture as sealing compound.
- Paint industries for manufacturing black paints and anti corrosive paints.
- Printing inks.
- Water proof papers.
- Electrical capacitors.
- Bituminous felts.
Marketing of Bitumenous Products
IndianOil markets Bitumen from its Refineries located at Koyali(Gujarat), Mathura(UP),
Panipat(Haryana), Barauni(Bihar), Haldia(WB) and CPCL(Tamil Nadu). Bitumen is available
from these locations both in bulk as well as in packed drums. In addition to the
refinery locations, packed bitumen is also marketed from upcountry locations Jamshedpur
(Jharkhand), bokaro (Jharkhand), Guwahati (Assam), Haldwani (UP), Balasore (Orissa),
Coimbatore and Madurai (Tamil Nadu).
CRMB is available from the refinery locations at Koyali, Mathura, Panipat, Barauni,
Haldia and Chennai. The product is available both in bulk as well as packed drums.
Emulsion is available from Haldia and Panipat refineries. IndianOil is shortly setting
up new Emulsion plants at Chennai, Koyali and Mathura refineries.
IndianOil is setting up a Polymer Modified Bitumen plant at Koyali Refinery. The
plant is expected to be ready by the end of 2010.