State-run Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) plans to shut for repairs some of its secondary units and a naphtha cracker plant at northern Panipat refinery in the next fiscal. The refinery has a capacity to process 300,000 bpd crude, and naphtha cracker produces 850,000 tpa of ethylene and 600,000 tpa of propylene. In last two years IOC carried out work at its crude units and it is the turn of the secondary units in the next fiscal.
The Panipat naphtha cracker was shut over the weekend for minor repair works and cleaning, scheduled to be back online in last week of the month. The cracker would again be shut in the August-September for about a month for complete inspection and repair works. IOC also plans to shut a 1.9 mln tpa hydrocracker for 29 days and a 850,000 tpa diesel hydro-desulphurisation unit for 19 day in May, mainly for catalyst replacement, at Panipat. A 3.5 mln tpa diesel hydrotreater will be shut for for three weeks in July-August and a 3 mln tpa coker for 10 days in November.