Carbon

Overview

  • Manufacturing facilities in 8 countries across 3 continents
  • Production capacity of 2.1 million tons of calcined petroleum coke
  • Production capacity of 4.0 million tons per annum of cement
  • Production Capacity of 1.5 million ton of tar Distillation
  • Production Capacity of 0.3 million ton of specialty chemicals
  • Over 2400 professionals
Carbon consists of Calcined Petroleum Coke (CPC), Coal Tar Pitch (CTP), Green Petroleum Coke (GPC), coal tar and derivatives of coal tar distillation including creosote oil, naphthalene, phthalic anhydride, CARBORES® and others.

The carbon business converts the by-products of oil refining and steel production into high-value carbon-based products that are crucial for the manufacture of aluminum, graphite, carbon black, and titanium dioxide. The company’s product range includes CTP and many other derivatives of coal tar distillation.

Environment-friendly and energy-efficient practices have made RAIN’s carbon business highly profitable and sustainable. The carbon business co-generates energy at five calcined petroleum coke plants with a combined power generation capacity of approximately 125 MW. The company has made substantial environmentally friendly investments in flue gas desulfurization plants at its plants in India and in the United States.

Calcined Petroleum Coke (CPC)

Green petroleum coke is generated by delayed distillation of coal during the conversion of crude oil into liquid fuels such as gasoline and jet fuels. Calcined Petroleum Coke (CPC) is produced from green petroleum coke through a process known as ‘calcining’, which removes moisture and volatile matter from green petroleum coke at a very high temperature. CPC is crucial to the electrolytic production of aluminum.

RAIN manufactures and markets CPC through its wholly-owned subsidiary companies in India and in the United States.

The details of facilities at various locations are given below:

Facility Description
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Two rotary kilns to produce calcined petroleum coke
  • Calcined petroleum coke blending facility
  • Waste-heat recovery power plant
  • Located in Visakhapatnam port area
  • Proximity to aluminum smelter plants
Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA
  • Two rotary kilns to produce calcined petroleum coke
  • Dedicated deep-water terminal
  • Waste-heat recovery power plant
Robinson, Illinois, USA
  • Two rotary kilns to produce calcined petroleum coke
  • Located adjacent to Marathon oil refinery
Chalmette, Louisiana, USA
  • One rotary kiln to produce calcined petroleum coke
  • Dedicated deep-water terminal
  • Waste-heat recovery power plant
Gramercy, Louisiana, USA
  • One rotary kiln to produce calcined petroleum coke
  • Dedicated deep-water terminal
Norco, Louisiana, USA
  • One rotary kiln to produce calcined petroleum coke
  • Located adjacent to Shell oil refinery
  • Waste-heat recovery steam plant
Purvis, Mississippi, USA
  • One rotary kiln to produce fluid calcined petroleum coke
  • Focused on specialty applications
  • Direct rail or truck shipments to customers

Coal Tar Pitch (CTP)

Coal tar is a liquid by-product derived from the conversion of coal into metallurgical coke. Metallurgical coke is used as an important reducing agent and energy source in blast furnaces to produce iron. Coal tar pitch, distilled from coal tar, is used as a binder for carbon anodes in aluminum industry. Coal tar pitch is also used for making graphite electrodes, specialty graphite and refractory materials.

RAIN operates four coal tar distillation facilities. Three are operated through its wholly-owned subsidiaries in Belgium Canada and Germany, with a fourth in Cherepovets, Russia operated through a joint venture with PAO Severstal.

Facility Description
Castrop - Rauxel, Germany
  • Coal tar distillation (largest single-line coal tar distillation plant in the world) with integrated downstream production operations and parallel petroleum distillation plant
  • Dedicated river port with access via sea, rail and road
Zelzate, Belgium
  • Coal tar distillation and parallel petroleum tar distillation with integrated downstream production operations
  • Dedicated deep-water terminal
Hamilton, Canada
  • Serves as hub for North America and is the only coal tar distillation facility in Canada
  • Transport access via sea, rail and road
Cherepovets, Russia
  • Joint venture with PAO Severstal
  • Focused on pitch supply to the North Atlantic, Russia and the Middle East
  • Transport access via sea, rail and road