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 refinery
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.
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 Bokaro (Jharkhand), Guwahati (Assam), Haldwani
(UP), Balasore (Orissa), Coimbatore and Madurai (Tamil Nadu).
CRMB is available from the refinery locations at Koyali, Mathura, Panipat, Haldia and Chennai.Packed CRMB is available at Haldia..
Emulsion is available from Haldia and Chennai refineries.