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Indian Oil to fuel its capacity expansion with green power

August 03/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Indian Oil Corp will seek to cut emissions by using clean electricity from the grid to fuel its capacity expansion, instead of building its own power plants, reported Reuters with reference to the country's top refiner's statement.

IOC, which controls about a third of India's 5 million barrels per day (bpd) of refining capacity, aims to raise its capacity by about 500,000 bpd by 2023-24.

"We have got several expansion plans down the line which are already approved. We will not have a captive power plant and will utilise power from the grid, preferably green power. This will help decarbonise some part of the manufacturing," it said.

IOC also plans to build a green hydrogen plant at its 160,000 bpd Mathura refinery in northern Uttar Pradesh state.

"IndianOil has a wind power project in Rajasthan. We intend to wheel that power to our Mathura refinery to produce absolutely green hydrogen through electrolysis," S.M. Vaidya, chairman of IOC said in the statement.

In addition to strengthening its refining, fuel retailing and petrochemicals business, IOC will focus on hydrogen and electric mobility over the next 10 years, Vaidya said.

As MRC informed earlier, Indian refiners, anticipating a lifting of US sanctions, plan to make space for the resumption of Iranian imports by reducing spot crude oil purchases in the second half of the year. The world's third-largest oil consumer and importer halted imports from Tehran in 2019 after former US President Donald Trump withdrew from a 2015 accord and re-imposed sanctions on the OPEC producer over its disputed nuclear programme.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 953,400 tonnes in the first five months of 2021, which virtually corresponded to the same figure a year earlier. High denisty polyethylene (HDPE) shipments decreased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 607,8900 tonnes in January-May 2021, up by 33% year on year. Shipments of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased, whereas deliveries of PP random copolymers decreased.


mrcplast.com
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, crude and gaz condensate, propylene, ethylene, gas processing, petrochemistry, Indian Oil Corp, India.
Category:General News
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