New Delhi: For its planned maintenance, the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) will close half of its Panipat refinery producing 3 lakh barrels per day (bpd) from mid-February for about a month, a company spokesman said. The refiner in northern Haryana will close a 150,000 bpd crude unit. A coker, hydrocracker, diesel hydrotreater and a sulfur recovery unit will also be shut. The spokesperson added that Indian Oil will assemble naphtha from other refiners for the 8 lakh tonnes per annum cracker associated with the plant during the shutdown.
State-run IOC is the country’s biggest refiner whereas Panipat is IOC’s biggest refinery.
He added that state-run IOC also plans to shut one of eight heaters attached to its naphtha cracker plant for inspection and repair works. The shutdown is scheduled from mid-March for 45 days. The closing of one the heaters would limit IOC’s naphtha production to 350 tonnes per hour from an average of about 400 tonnes per hour.
State-run IOC is the country’s biggest refiner whereas Panipat is IOC’s biggest refinery. Panipat was set up to meet the demands of petroleum products in most of the country’s north-western region, including Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, and parts of Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
Last month, IOC’s Panipat refinery distributed various types of equipment to Divyangjans in Bal Bhavan, Panipat. The event was carried out as part of CSR activity under the Indian Oil’s core value ‘CARE.’
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