Indian Oil gives stage-1 approval for Styrene Project with Rs 4,495 crore capex

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New Delhi, Jun 30 (UNI) The Indian Oil Board, on Wednesday, accorded “Stage – 1” approval for implementation of India’s first-ever “Styrene Monomer Project” with a capex of Rs 4,495 crore, at company’s Panipat Refinery & Petrochemical Complex.
This project will have capacity of 387 thousand metric tonnes per annum (TMTPA). “This project will strengthen India’s focus to harness opportunities in the petrochemical sector and sync with the Government of India’s “Atmanirbhar Bharat” mission,” IOCL said in a press release.
Styrene is a colourless, flammable liquid, which has a sweet odour and is highly volatile. Styrene is widely used to make plastics and rubber, which are used to manufacture a variety of products, such as insulation, pipes, automobile parts, printing cartridges, food containers, and carpet backing.
Earlier in February 2021, the Indian Oil Board approved the Panipat Refinery Expansion Project to enhance its capacity from the existing 15 MMTPA to 25 MMTPA with a CAPEX of Rs 32,946 Crore. As part of the Expansion Project, a new high severity Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) of 2.5 MMTPA capacity, based on Indian Oil’s flagship INDMAX technology, would be set up to maximize LPG production and manufacture basic petrochemical building blocks – Propylene and Ethylene.
There is a Propylene potential of around 514 KTA of in the project, IOCL said, which would be utilized for the production of Polypropylene (PP) through a new PP unit. The Styrene Project aims to utilize the Ethylene potential from the INDMAX Unit alongside the Benzene that is already being produced at the Panipat Complex.
Presently India’s Styrene consumption is around 900 TMTPA, and the demand is expected to increase consistently over the next 15-20 years. However, there is no domestic Styrene capacity in India, and the entire demand is met through imports from Singapore, Middle East and Southeast Asia, causing significant inconvenience to the domestic Styrene downstream industry.
The proposed Styrene Project will address this issue to a great extent and reduce nation’s import dependence substantially. Thus, considerable forex savings of about Rs 3,650 crore (USD 500 million) per annum is likely to be generated.
“The project would be commissioned by 2026-27. Availability of Styrene domestically is expected to accelerate the growth of downstream industry and create employment opportunities,” the release further added.

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