BEOL’s main refining and packing plant is at Rupshi, Tarabo, Narayanganj – 12 km from Dhaka city. The 4 acre plant is established on the banks of the river Shitalakhya in North Rupshi operating since 1992. It has 2 physical refineries with chemical neutralization of 200 TPD and 400 TPD with 100 TPD dry fractionation capacities. BEOL imports crude soya and palm oils from Argentina/Brazil and Malaysia/Indonesia respectively through Chittagong port where oil is bonded in rented tanks (in SETT and SATT) at Patenga – with apprx 20,000 MT capacity in different tanks. Oils are either directly discharged from mother vessels or lightered from outer anchorages through smaller coastal vessels. From there, the oils are shipped to Dhaka plant by 1000 to 1200 MT capacity coastal-vessels, requiring >4.5m draft, with a voyage time of 18 to 24 hrs depending on river/sea conditions. The plant has also its own storing capacity/tank farm (12,000 MT – crude & refined combined) at Rupshi where it receives the oils from the barges via its floating jetty on Shitalakhya. The plant mainly runs on captive power generated by gas-engines (3 MW) and produces process steam by gas also supplied by Titas. Besides, it has 1 MW power connection by REB. Consumer packs (PET bottles) are produced in 4 fully automated lines (from blowing to filling to cartooning) that can produce more than 400 tons per day. The plastic-moulding (for preforms and closures) is also fully in-house ensuring highest quality and food-safety. The refineries and processing plants are supplied by Alfa-Laval and Oiltek and the filling lines/plastic moulding are from Techlong, Sidel, Haitian etc. There is also a separate pouch packing plant having 100 TPD capacity of 500ml and 1L SKUs. PET bottle-sizes produced in the plant are 500ml, 1L, 2L, 3L, 5L and 8L packs. Besides branded packs, there is also bulk filling station with 4 filling lines catering the lose market which is still the 75% market of the country. Finished products are stored in 2 warehouses in Dhaka plant – 1 at the factory and 1 off-site (1km). This plant also feeds the 2 depots at Sylhet and Pabna. For its food-safety and other standards and adherence to regulations, supported by its highly professional laboratory facilities, the plant serves as the top show-case for BSTI and other key regulatory bodies in the edible oils sector. With an annual turnover of about BDT 2200 cr, the consumer pack volume is about 175,000 MT with 144,000 MT of refined soya while the bulk sold would be in the range of 18,000 MT catered from the Rupshi plant.
Shun Edible Oil’s (acquired by BEOL in June 2016) plant at Mongla is on the river Possur situated inside the Mongla Port Authority Industrial Area and 40 km South of Khulna city. The plant, situated over 9.5 acres of leased land from MPA, has a 1000 TPD Lipico physical refinery with 550 TPD crystallizers. With a bonded tank farm of 40,000 MT capacity, total storage possible is 48,000 MT. The plant receives oils from coastal vessels lightering from mother vessels from Fairway Buoy (about 130km South) or Harbaria/Mooring Buoy (25km South) of Mongla. The plant has its own jetty with LOA of 120m and allowable drafts of 5m to 7m depending on tides and can receive vessels (palm from Malay/Indo) up to 7k capacity after lightering appropriately. The jetty is shared by 2 LPG bottling plants neighbouring the factory. The STS operation at outer anchorage is officially suspended by Port Authority during March to Oct when sea and weather conditions are rough and MVs have to wait till special permissions are obtained for lightering from Customs and Port Authority. In peak cyclone conditions, MVs are discharged at Chittagong from where oil is barged to Mongla by smaller vessels requiring 2 days almost. The plant also owns 2 coastal vessels of 1320 MT capacity each used by both BEOL and SSEOL and also rented out to other companies as applicable. There is one fully automated sophisticated packing line, supplied by Kosme, with a capacity of 100 TPD and moulding section with Husky machines. The bulk filling station has 6 lines and caters to loose market which is pre-dominant in the South and the Northern markets. Being inside the Environmentally Critical Area of the Sundarbans, the plant is facing challenges to expand further. And as there is no gas connection in the region, process steam is very costly produced by burning FO or Diesel. The plant however enjoys direct grid power supplied by the North-West power supply authority which is uninterrupted except scheduled maintenance times. Though the road connections are yet to be business-friendly to the rest of the country, travel time from Dhaka to the area is expected to reduce to 3 hrs once Padma bridge opens in 2019. Govt. has taken massive dredging projects in Possur river with China-based company in order to operate Rampal coal-power plant smoothly along with Mongla port development initiatives. These initiatives are expected to further help in making the Mongla operations more feasible over the next 2~3 years. Currently the plant is running at 18,000 to 20,000 MT per month production and deliveries. As acquired with required standards not established fully, the plant is also undertaking basic upgrading projects including the ETP.