APIC ’10: Indian Oil plans C4, C5 derivative output at Panipat

14 May 2010 10:10  [Source: ICIS news]

MUMBAI (ICIS news)--Indian Oil Corp is studying the production of C4 and C5 derivatives downstream of its new cracker complex at Panipat, a senior company source said on Friday.

“We will be using part of the butadiene at Panipat to produce SBR (styrene butadiene rubber); we will be left with around 60,000 tonnes [of] butadiene and there are a number of opportunities for that,” said Siddharth Mitra, general manager of petrochemicals at Indian Oil.

Mitra was speaking on the sidelines of the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) 2010 in Mumbai.

Indian Oil is building a 138,000 tonne/year butadiene plant at Panipat, which is scheduled for completion in 2012

The company operates a 120,000 tonne/year SBR plant as part of a joint venture, which would utilise 60,000-70,000 tonnes/year of butadiene, he said.

“We can expand the SBR plant to 200,000 tonnes/year; that’s an easy option. But if we want to in other segments of elastomers, we can plan polybutadiene rubber (BR) and styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS),” said Mitra.

An SBS project would make sense if Indian Oil moves ahead with a styrene project that it had planned downstream of a refinery that is currently under construction at Paradip.

The styrene and other petrochemical projects at Paradip were put on hold in 2008.

“There is also a possibility that we may divert to solution-phase SBR. Right now, we are planning to emulsion-phase SBR,” he added.

Indian Oil also has plans for other C4s from the 857,000 tonnes/year naphtha cracker, Mitra said.

By 2013, it plans to set up a butene-1 plant at Panipat with a “fairly high” capacity, he said. Part of the output would be used captively, he added, and there is a possibility that Indian Oil may go for merchant sale.

“The isobutylene content will be fairly high, at about 90,000-100,000 tonnes/year. We can look at butyl rubber if technology is available, or else fall back on methyl methacrylate (MMA) and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). We are examining that,” said Mitra.

The company is also studying using normal butane to make maleic anhydride and butanediol.

APIC runs from 13-14 May in Mumbai, India.

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