November 18, 2010 at 7:05 pm #2463
India IOC Panipat plant to hit 300,000 bpd in 10 days
* Panipat hydrocraker to start operating in 4-5 days
* Naphtha cracker restarted, may hit full capacity in 15 days
NEW DELHI, Reuters, Friday Nov 11, 2010 – State-run Indian Oil Corp’s northern India Panipat refinery should be operating at 300,000 barrels per day within 10 days, the company’s head of refineries, B.N. Bankapur, said on Thursday.
Over the weekend the company restarted its upgraded crude unit and a delayed coker, he said.
“We will restart the hydrocracker in the next three to four days and in the next seven to 10 days the refinery will start operating at full capacity,” he said. In early September, IOC shut a 120,000 bpd crude unit, a 1.7 million tonnes a year hydrocracker and a 2.4 million tonnes a year delayed coker unit at the Panipat refinery for a revamp.
Due to the shutdown of the crude unit, IOC had shut its huge naphtha cracker.
“We have started the naphtha cracker and in next 15 days it should start operating at full capacity,” Bankapur said. IOC’s naphtha cracker was commissioned in March and can produce 850,000 tonnes of ethylene and 600,000 tonnes of propylene per year.
The cracker, which consumes 2.4 million tonnes of naphtha a year at full rate, would get supplies from IOC’s Gujarat, Mathura and Panipat plants.
With the expansion of the Panipat plant, IOC group’s total refining capacity has risen to 1.294 million bpd.
November 18, 2010 at 7:08 pm #5401
Here is update on IOC’s 7th Refinery – Panipat Coking Refinery that has completed its Expansion to 300MBD crude which included a coker revamp (now 2.4 millon mtpy coker charge) and is restarting the units.
The refinery first doubled capacity back in Mar 2006 (commissioned May 2006) to 240MBD and included the addition of a new coker (~43.6MBD ABB-Lummus Tech).
<Note – the Panipat & previous post Jilin Refinery are couple many cokers left off 2010 OGJ WW Refinery summary and shown as not having cokers even though original cokers were added in 2006 & 2003 respectilvely.>
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