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IOC to invest Rs 32,000 cr to ramp up petrochemicals capacity by FY21

Indian Oil has already executed petrochemicals projects worth Rs 20,800 crore

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Indian Oil Corporation logo outside a fuel station in New Delhi. Photo: Reuters
Indian Oil Corporation logo outside a fuel station in New Delhi. Photo: Reuters

To meet the rising demand for petrochemicals, especially and polymers, largest public sector company will invest Rs 32,000 crore to ramp up its output by fiscal 2021. This investment is part of the overall Rs 1.8 trillion planned for the next five to seven years, chairman said here today. The business contributes a quarter of the most profitable PSU's profit, which rose to the highest at Rs 19,106 crore in fiscal 2017. has already executed projects worth Rs 20,800 crore and is close to commission a Rs 3,150-crore polypropelene plant at its 15-million tonne refinery at Paradip in Odisha. Addressing the shareholders at the 58th AGM, the chairman said, "In view of the growing demand for products, especially for and polymers, the company will invest in capacity augmentation. The for this is planned at Rs 32,000 crore over the next few years." The new projects include MEG (mono ethylene glycol), PTA (purified terephtalic acid) and petcoke gasification plants at the Paradip refinery and value addition at C-4 and C-5 at Panipat and a polypropylene unit at Barauni Refinery, he added. Singh said the company reported its highest profit at Rs 19,106 crore in fiscal 2017 on the back of best ever sales, refinery production and became the most profitable PSU.

During the year, company's sales rose to Rs 4,38,710 crore. On the overall plan, he said, the PSU has lined up a of Rs 1.8 trillion over the next five to seven years. "This is to scale up our investments in areas to ensure that grows profitably in terms of volumes and revenue. This will see investment of around Rs 30,000 crore per annum in asset creation such as the expansion of the Gujarat, Barauni, Panipat and Paradip refineries. On the gas pipelines, he said, will have over 20,000-km of natural gas and liquid fuel pipes by fiscal 2021. Currently, the oil and gas major has 13,000-km of the 15,000-km operational pipelines, making it the largest player in the country. The government has set a target of doubling the 15,000-km gas pipeline to 30,000-km by then. In terms of natural gas distribution, where is the second largest player, the company will be investing in gas infra to meet future needs of the nation by building terminals and and pipelines and pursuing city gas distribution. It has picked up 50 per cent in Petronet LNG's Kochi terminal already. "As part of this, we are acquiring equity in gas imports in the South, increasing capacity at our Ennore facility and also joining hands with others to have a presence on the East Coast at Dharma and on the West Coast at Mundra," Singh said, without elaborating. On city gas distribution, he said the company will be entering four more cities this year through JVs -- Daman, Udhamsingh Nagar, Panipat and Dharwar, while it already has such pipelines in Kochi, Allahabad and Chandigarh in JV with Adani Gas and with GAIL in Agra and Lucknow, Singh said. He said the cooking gas coverage has risen from 56 per cent to 73 per cent in the past three years when 2.75 crore new connections were added, out of this 1.2 crore are being served by alone. On the world's largest refinery being planned in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, land acquisition and other related work is underway and an optimal product plan will be worked out shortly. The proposed 60 million tonne per annum mega refinery with an investment of Rs 2.7 trillion will have holding 50 per cent in the JV company formed in June while the rest of the equity will be equally held by the other two state-run refiners HPCL and BPCL. This refinery is part of government plans to almost double the national refining capacity to 450 million tonne from 230 MT now.

First Published: Tue, August 29 2017. 21:07 IST