January 2, 2009 at 12:53 pm #3261
IOC to expand Panipat refinery this year
Press Trust of India / New Delhi January 02, 2009, 15:09 IST
State-run Indian Oil Corp (IOC) today said it will expand Panipat refinery and commission a naphtha cracker complex adjacent to the unit this year.
2009 will be the ‘Year of Commissioning’ for IOC, company Director (Refineries) B N Bankapur said in a statement here.
Panipat refinery will be expanded by three million tons to 15 million tonne and naphtha cracker complex adjacent to the unit would be commissioned this year, he said. Besides, Once- Through Hydrocracker Project at Haldia would also be commissioned this year.
Stating that IOC was committed to complying with the Auto Fuel Policy, he said petrol and diesel quality for Delhi and National Capital Region and 12 other major cities would be as per Euro-IV norms from April 1, 2010. Currently, fuel of Euro-III grade is being supplied in these cities.
The rest of the country will switch to Euro-III quality from the present Euro-II, he said. “In order to achieve these quality standards, a clutch of petrol and diesel quality upgradation projects are set to be commissioned by the end of 2009 at various IOC refinery locations.”
During the calendar year 2008, IOC refineries achieved a capacity utilisation of 104 per cent besides achieving the best ever distillate yield. IOC refineries processed a record 48.9 million tonne of crude oil.
“IOC was fully gearing up to implementing the revised guidelines for effluent and emission set by the statutory bodies,” Bankapur said.
January 2, 2009 at 12:55 pm #6376
Here is update on India IOC Panipat coking refinery (IOC’s 7th refinery) that completes its expansion this year – almost same info as in the Sept 2008 news release. The Panipat article does not mention a delayed coker expansion (a common oversight in both China & India refining projects) that was expected to be part of the expansion but does mention the Naphtha cracker complex completion.
The Panipat refinery completed coker addition at end of 2006 which ~doubled the refinery capacity from 6 million to 12 million tpd crude capacity(~240 MBD), but was expected to expand /debottleneck coker to handle the current 3 million tonnes crude capacity addition & distillate upgrading.
IOC has coking projects at Pinipat, Orissa & Halida. India’s largest refinery at Reliance has just completed its doubling expansion of refinery/petrochemical complex and coking but will not come fully online until 1Q09 due refinery economics & tax benefits.
The Panipat coker has ABB technology (also doing license on Naphtha cracker) while Orissa and Reliance delayed cokers use Foster Wheeler technology and were announced in 2007.
FYI – IOC Panipat coker also not on OGJ WW Refinery Survey 2008-09.
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