IOCL Plans to Revoke Maintenance Turnaround from its Panipat Refinery by December 2022
- 08-Dec-2022 6:44 PM
- Journalist: Jai Sen
New Delhi, India: India’s top refiner Indian Oil Corporation ltd (IOCL), has decided to mend its Panipat refinery from a prolonged maintenance turnarounds by the mid of December 2022. A recent interview with a person associated with IOCL revealed that the company is planning to restart the operations of DSDT (Diesel Hydrotreater), Naphtha Cracker, Hydrogen units, and Hydrocracker by the mid of this month.
IOCL Panipat refinery has been dealing with maintenance shutdowns on its multiple operating units for the past three months. The DSDT (Diesel Hydrotreater) unit has been under maintenance since 9th November 2022 that is now expected to restart its operations by the mid of December 2022.
On the other side, the Naphtha cracker, which has been under maintenance for the past 75 days, is likely to start working again by the mid of December 2022. The Hydrogen Unit and Hydrocracker have also been under turnaround since 9th November, which has affected the overall production output of the company. However, market sources revealed that the plant would start operating again by 17th December 2022, which will counterbalance the overall market situation.
The mother unit, i.e., CDU/ADU/VDU, is anticipated to start working again by the third week of December, which has been under 40 days of maintenance since 9th November 2022.
IOCL Panipat refinery is one of the most advanced refining facilities in India, with a current capacity of 15 million MT/Annum and utilizes large quantities of Naphtha from the Mathura and Panipat refinery. The major products of IOCL Panipat refinery include Propylene, PP, LPG, Xylene, PTA, Pet Coke, Kerosene Oil, HSD, Gasoline, Benzene, Naphtha etc.
Furthermore, the further expansion of the refinery is en route, which would raise the overall capacity to 25 million MT/Annum, further strengthening the Indian refining capacity.