APIC '10: Indian Oil to expand Panipat cracker by 25%

14 May 2010 09:32  [Source: ICIS news]

MUMBAI (ICIS news)--State-run Indian Oil Corp (IOC) will soon start expanding its newly commissioned cracker at Panipat by 25%, a senior company official said on Friday.

“We will immediately take up the expansion proposal after stabilization of operations at the cracker; we have already made provision for a 25% capacity expansion,” said Siddharth Mitra, general manager of petrochemicals, on the sidelines of the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) 2010 in Mumbai.

After the expansion, the cracker would be able to produce 1.2m tones/year of ethylene and propylene. The cracker currently produces 857,000 tones/year of ethylene and about 500,000 tonnes/year of propylene.

The extra ethylene could be used for low density polyethylene (LDPE) or ethylene oxide (EO).

“We are getting requests for LDPE and EO; we have to do a comprehensive study,” said Mitra.

The other alternative was to debottleneck the existing polyethylene (PE) and monoethylene glycol (MEG) plants, added Mitra.

“The MEG plant also has a cushion for a 30% capacity expansion,” he said.

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