Indian Oil has started the process of commissioning its 15 MMTPA state-of-the-art Paradip Refinery. Crude processing has been started in Atmospheric & Vacuum unit (AVU) on Sunday and products like LPG, Naphtha, Kerosene, Gas Oil, RCO etc. are coming out of the unit. Some of these products will require further processing in secondary units, which are also gearing up for commissioning. The whole complex is likely to take about 6-8 months time for becoming fully operational in an integrated manner.
The whole 15-million tonne a year refinery is likely to take about 6-8 months for becoming fully operational.
Once fully operational, the refinery will produce 700,000 tonnes of LPG, 200,000 tonnes of propylene a year, 3.8 million tonnes of petrol, 380,000 tonnes of ATF and 6.9 million tonnes of diesel. Paradip refinery will be IOC’s 8th refinery in the country and is expected to help the company scale up its refining capacity to 69.2 million tonnes from the current 54.2 million tonnes per annum.