Paradip/Bhubaneswar,29/04 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty) : IndianOil has started the process of commissioning its 15 MMTPA state-of-the-art Paradip Refinery with crude processing in Atmospheric & Vacuum unit (AVU) on April 26, 2015. Nemba crude was taken into IOCL’s largest crude distillation unit of 15 MMTPA capacities at 10 AM on April 26, 2015 in the presence of Ramjee Ram, ED (I/c) PDRP, Gouri Shankar Singh, ED (T) and other senior officials of IOCL. Representatives from Consultants and contractors were also present on the occasion.
This milestone activity was the culmination of mammoth all-out efforts put-in by all the stake holders of the project including IOCL – Team PDRP, Consultants and Contractors.
Subsequent to safe and successful induction of Crude in AVU, products such as LPG, Naphtha, Kero, AGO and RCO are being routed to respective intermediate storage tanks. The products ex-AVU shall form feed for all major secondary process units. Mechanical completion and pre-commissioning activities for downstream process units are also progressing in full swing as some of these products will require further processing in secondary units. The whole complex is likely to take about 6-8 months time for becoming fully operational in an integrated manner.
Built at cost of Rs. 34,555 crore, the refinery is designed to process broad basket of crude including cheaper high sulphur 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 burgeoning energy demands of the future IndianOil is further augmenting its refining capacity by setting up a 15 MMTPA grassroots refinery at Paradip in Odisha. Indian oil’s latest refinery at Paradip with an overall Nelson complexity factor of 12.2 makes it capable of processing broad basket of crude including cheaper high sulphur 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% with no black oil production. Energy Intensity Index of Paradip Refinery is expected to be 78.6, which is in 1st quartile.
The products will be dispatched by all modes that is Pipeline (20-25%), Rail (20-25%), Road (15-20%) & Coastal (40-50%). Coastal movement of products including exports will be through South Oil Jetty of PDRP.
Many first-time technological features such as Flue Gas desulphurisation facilities, vapour recovery system from jetty loading, etc., have been the hallmark of Paradip Refinery. These features will ensure environment friendly operation of the refinery with minimum impact to the nature. The INDMAX Unit (4.17 MMTPA), under construction at Paradip Refinery is based on the indigenous technology developed by IOC (R&D). Once successful at Paradip, IOCL would establish itself in the international market for commercial use of this technology.
Paradip Refinery could reach this stage of commissioning with the support of officials and representatives of Government of Odisha, Public Representatives, District Administration, Local Unions and Opinion makers and above all the people of the area. Paradip Refinery is thankful for their support and encouragement.