Paradip: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday flagged off the first dispatch of consignment of products from Paradip oil refinery here.
Diesel, kerosene and LPG produced from the refinery on a trial basis were transported in two lorries, that set out their journey after the Union minister showed the flag.
Besides, the Union minister reviewed preparations for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the oil refinery project in a meeting with IOCL officials.
In the initial phase, all the units of the project will be operational by January and the Prime Minister is scheduled to dedicate the oil refinery to nation after that.
Talking to mediapersons, Pradhan said, “From today commercial production of diesel, kerosene and LPG from the oil refinery began. However, petrol and ATF production from the refinery is yet to start. The project will be fully operational before the dedication of the refinery to nation.”
With the commissioning of few of its process units, IOCL is now ready to supply products in small quantity from its 15 MMTPA state-of-the-art Paradip refinery. Built at cost of Rs 34,555 crore, the refinery is designed to process broad basket of crude including cheaper high sulfur heavy crudes.
Crude processing was started in the mother unit – the Atmospheric & Vacuum Distillation(AVU) unit in April’ 2015. Subsequently, the Delayed Coker Unit (DCU), Hydrogen Generation Unit (HGU), Diesel Hydro-treater Unit(DHDT), Naphtha Hydro-treater Unit(NHT) and LPG & Kerosene Treater Units were commissioned in a phased manner.
Sources said modern technological features will ensure environment friendly operation of the refinery with minimum impact to the nature.