IOC runs Panipat PP unit at 50% on tight feedstock supply

23 September 2010 09:03  [Source: ICIS news]

MUMBAI (ICIS)--State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) is running its 600,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit in Panipat, Haryana state, at 50% capacity on tight feedstock propylene supply, a company source said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the company’s other 600,000 tonne/year PP line at the same facility had been shut, the source said but declined to provide further details.

The PP units get their propylene feedstock from IOC’s 857,000 tonne/year cracker at the same site, which was currently running at 50% capacity, according to the source.

However, IOC has planned to increase the operating rate at the cracker and online PP unit to 70% by October, said the source.

The source told ICIS that the PP plant was only producing injection-moulding grade at the moment, but it would soon begin to produce raffia grade as well.

The company had achieved on-spec production at the unit in early May, he added.

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By: Priya Jestin

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