The unit would enable the refinery to maximise production of diesel conforming to EURO-III norms.

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New Delhi, Dec. 23

INDIAN Oil Corporation (IndianOil) today said that it has commissioned the diesel hydrotreatment unit (DHDT) at its Panipat refinery, as part of the ongoing expansion project that would double the refinery capacity from 6 to 12 million tonnes per annum (MMTPA).

According to a company statement, the DHDT is the second major unit of the refinery expansion project to go on stream after the successful commissioning of the hydrogen generation unit in November this year.

The Director (Refineries) of IndianOil, Mr Jaspal Singh, said on the occasion that the new unit, with a capacity of 3,500,000 tonnes per annum (TPA), is reportedly the largest capacity DHDT unit in the country and is licensed by AXENS, France.

Larsen & Toubro constructed the unit on lump sum turnkey basis, with Engineers India Ltd as project consultants. Further, according to Mr Singh, this would enable Panipat Refinery to maximise the production of diesel conforming to EURO-III norms.

As regards commissioning activities for other major units of the Rs 4,300-crore refinery expansion project, he said that they are in full swing. Elaborating on the schedule, he said, the hydrocracker unit would be commissioned in early January 2006, while the crude and vacuum distillation unit and the delayed coker unit will also be on stream to enable the entire capacity-doubling project to go online in the next three to four months.

The IndianOil board has already approved further expansion of the refinery to 15 MMTPA, he added.

The company is currently implementing two petrochemical projects at Panipat. The first is an integrated PX/PTA (paraxylene/purified terephthalic acid) plant at a cost of Rs 5,100 crore, scheduled to be commissioned by March 2006. The other is a naphtha cracker complex and downstream polymer units involving an investment of Rs 6,300 crore, scheduled for commissioning in 2009, he added.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated December 24, 2005)
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