IndianOil has started the process of commissioning its 15 million tpy state of the art Paradip refinery. Crude processing was started in the atmospheric & vacuum unit (AVU) on 26 April 2015 and products such as LPG, naphtha, kerosene, gas oil and RCO are coming out of the plant. Some of these products will require further processing in secondary units, which are also gearing up for commissioning. The whole complex is likely to take around 6 - 8 months to become fully operational in an integrated manner. This was disclosed by Sanjiv Singh, Director, Refineries, at IndianOil.
Built at a cost of Rs.34,555 crore, the refinery is designed to process a broad basket of crude including cheaper high sulfur heavy crudes and has an overall Nelson complexity factor of 12.2. The refinery is capable to produce Euro-IV/Euro-V quality transportation fuel.
To meet future energy demands, IndianOil is further augmenting its refining capacity by setting up a 15 million tpy grassroots refinery at Paradip in Odisha. IndianOil's latest refinery at Paradip, with an overall Nelson complexity factor of 12.2, makes it capable of processing a broad range of crude including cheaper high sulfur heavy crudes. It is configured to produce LPG, propylene, motor spirit, ATF and HSD. The refinery will produce Euro-IV/Euro-V quality transportation fuels. The distillate yield from the refinery is expected to be best in class, with 81.1% and no black oil production. The Energy Intensity Index of the Paradip refinery is expected to be 78.6.
The products will be dispatched by all modes, i.e pipeline (20 - 25%), rail (20 - 25%), road (15 - 20%) and coastal (40 - 50%). Coastal movement of products including exports will be through the South Oil Jetty of PDRP.
Many first time technological features, for example the flue gas desulfurisation facilities and the vapour recovery system from jetty loading, have been the hallmark of the Paradip refinery. These features will ensure the environmentally friendly operation of the refinery with minimum impact its surroundings. The INDMAX unit (4.17 million tpy), under construction at the refinery, is based on the indigenous technology developed by IndianOil (R&D). Once successful at Paradip, IndianOil would establish itself in the international market for commercial use of this technology.
Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling
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