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BITUMEN


Richmond is an established leader in the supply of Bitumen

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BITUMEN


Richmond is an established leader in the supply of Bitumen

Handling more than 600,000MT per year – serving a wide range of markets including West and East Africa, the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. Richmond is also an established manufacturer and supplier of bitumen products such as PMBs, emulsions and cutbacks.

Richmond enjoys strong relationships with global refineries including Sinopec (China), SK Energy (Korea), IRPC (Thailand), Shell & SPC (Singapore), Bahrain and India, enabling it to cater to the wide marker it serves with diverse specifications.  

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Bulk Bitumen


Richmond is a major and reliable shipper of bitumen in bulk from Asian and Middle Eastern refineries.

Bulk Bitumen


Richmond is a major and reliable shipper of bitumen in bulk from Asian and Middle Eastern refineries.

Richmond ships over 30,000 MT of bulk bitumen monthly to Australia, the U.A.E., Oman, the Indian subcontinent, China, and ASEAN countries.

Biturich Trading Pvt. Ltd. (formerly known as Bitucorp), an associate company based in India,  set up India’s first port based bulk bitumen storage facility in 1988.

Today Biturich serves as the technical wing of the group providing design and support services for projects including installation of tanks, PMB machinery and plants etc. 

Biturich has designed and provided technical assistance and equipment to various entities in the Middle East, Malaysia, Vietnam, Africa and the Indian subcontinent for setting up bitumen storage terminals of up to 6,000 meter capacity.

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Packed Bitumen


The Group is one of the largest suppliers of drummed bitumen

Packed Bitumen


The Group is one of the largest suppliers of drummed bitumen

Richmond ships more than 300,000 MT of drummed bitumen annually from major refineries as well as through its own drumming facilities in the Middle East. Key destinations include Africa, Bangladesh, China, India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia. The Group can ship product in new and reconditioned drums and containers or break bulk or palletized as required by clients.

Richmond also offers environmentally friendly packing solutions such as bagged bitumen using the patented PolyCube system developed in Austria. Bitumen is bagged and shipped by Richmond from its facilities in the U.A.E. in 300kg bags. 

This is an efficient and practical solution for delivering cost efficiency in transportation, stackability, improvement in warehousing and enhancing supply capabilities in difficult geographic locations.

Adherence to quality control and stringent quality assurance protocols throughout the supply chain, ensure that our customers receive packed bitumen meeting guaranteed specifications.

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Modified Bitumen


Modified Bitumen


The Group manufactures Polymer Modified Bitumen (PMB) and Emulsion in a technical partnership with Sinopec China, the world’s 5th largest company and the Modified Asphalt Research Center (MARC) at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), both being centers of excellence in Bitumen technology. 

Since 2012, the Group has been delivering PMB binders to landmark airport and highway projects in the Middle East. The Group is in the process of expanding its Value Added Bitumen / PMB business in other emerging markets.

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Bitutainers


Bitutainers


In areas where shore based tank terminals are not available, Richmond supplies bulk bitumen in 20 foot ISO bulk bitumen tank containers, thus implementing a unique logistics solution in areas where a fixed bulk bitumen storage tank may not be feasible.

These bitumen containers are used to deliver bulk bitumen from the supply terminal, directly inland to customer’s sites. All Bitutainers are fully equipped with insulation and heating facilities. Over 50,000 MT have been delivered to U.S. Aid and World Bank projects in Afghanistan using this concept.

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Quality Control


Quality Control


The group operates a fully equipped state-of-the-art laboratory in the UAE for testing of base bitumen, modified bitumen, bitumen emulsions and cutback bitumen products with a Pilot Plant.  

The laboratory caters to the Group’s rigorous in-house Quality Control requirements, as well as to customers’ routine and project specific Quality Plans.

The test facilities for bitumen, polymer modified bitumen and emulsions cover a wide range of international specifications such as:

  • American (ASTM and AASHTO)
  • European (CEN)
  • Australian (AS)
  • India (BIS)
  • Other country specific standards

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Quality Assurance


Quality Assurance


The Group practices the following QA methodologies:

  • Facilitating the testing of bitumen products by customers or their representatives.
  • Customers have full access to use our in-house fully equipped laboratory.
  • Regularly conducting testing of our products in accredited international independent testing laboratories such as Asphalt Institute Laboratory, USA and CRRI India. As well as Intertek SGS, Geochem, Inspectorate.
  • Offering full traceability from source refinery to supply point.
  • Product Stewardship.
  • Large Database of quality of bitumen offered by various refineries over the period.

The Group maintains an in-depth database of laboratory test results of Bitumen from several refineries. This historical data point allows the group to closely monitor the consistency of the characteristics of Bitumen supplies with reference to their crude source and refining techniques followed by individual refineries.

Richmond's expertise and established credentials enables it to engage with refineries to produce special grades of bitumen in addition to grades that meet more traditional specifications including penetration, viscosity, and performance grades.

Other Petroleum Products


Other Petroleum Products


CRUDE PROCESSING

The Richmond Group is one of the pioneers of the Central Asian Oil product business, with Crude Oil Purchases from Uzbekistan; refining in Turkmenistan; transiting and trading through Georgia & Turkey and neighbouring countries.

The Group has an unsurpassed reputation for complex cross border logistics solutions, including:

Carrying Fuel oil, Diesel and Naphtha by train to country borders, swapping the chassis and rail for further transit to ports and shipping product in specialised marine tankers.

FUEL OIL

Richmond was one of the first companies to purchase and refine crude oil in post-Soviet Central Asia, selling and swapping products with neighbouring countries.

GAS OIL

Richmond has processed crude oil and developed complex cross-border delivery solutions for products from the Commonwealth of Independent States countries.

THERMAL COAL

Richmond is developing sources for supply of thermal coal to power plants in India.