IndianOil on rising Energy Demand: increased 25 MMTPA of Panipat Refinery
Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Panipat Refinery (PSU Connect)
New Delhi: IndianOil is pacing ahead to meet India's rising energy demand. The go-ahead for capacity expansion of Panipat Refinery from 15 to 25 MMTPA along with the installation of a polypropylene unit and a catalytic dewaxing unit at an estimated cost of approx. Rs 32,496 cr is in line with Hon’ble PM's vision of energy secured, AatmanirbharBharat. The project is expected to be commissioned by September 2024 which will provide a major fillip to the operational flexibility of the refinery in meeting the domestic energy demand and enhance the petrochemicals intensity. Panipat Refinery is lndianOil's seventh and the technically most advanced public sector refinery complex of India. It has the capacity to process a wide range of both indigenous and imported grades of crude oil. The major secondary processing units of the Refinery include Catalytic Reforming Unit, Once-Through Hydrocracker unit, Resid Fluidised Catalytic Cracking unit, Visbreaker unit, Bitumen blowing unit, Sulphur block, and associated Auxiliary facilities. In order to improve diesel quality, a Diesel Hydro Desulphurisation Unit (DHDS) was subsequently commissioned in 1999. With a view to meet the growing deficit of petroleum products, especially in the Northern region of the country, the capacity of Panipat Refinery was expanded to 12 MMTPA in June 2006 and again augmented to 15 MMTPA in December 2010. Further, to meet the potential demand, there is a plan to augment capacity to 25 MMTPA soon.