IndianOil Board accords Stage-I approval for Styrene Project with capex of Rs 4,495 crore
New Delhi, June 30, 2021
The Board of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) today accorded Stage-1 approval for implementation of India's first-ever Styrene Monomer Project with a capacity of 387 thousand metric tonnes per annum (TMTPA) at an estimated cost of Rs 4,495 crore.
The project, which will come up at IndianOil's Panipat Refinery & Petrochemical Complex, will strengthen India's focus to harness opportunities in the petrochemical sector and sync with the Government of India's "Atmanirbhar Bharat" (Self-reliant India) mission, a press release from IOCL said.
Earlier in February 2021, the IndianOil 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 IndianOil'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 in the project, 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.
Styrene is used to produce Polystyrene, Paints & Coatings / Acrylic, Unsaturated Polyester Resins, and Elastomers such as Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), Styrene-Butadiene Rubber (SBR), and so on.
"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, the 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 the nation's import dependence substantially. Thus, considerable forex savings of about Rs. 3650 crore (US$ 500 million) per annum is likely to be generated," the release said.
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 added.