Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. operates a network of 11,221 km long crude oil, petroleum product and gas pipelines with a capacity of 80.490 million metric tonnes per annum of oil and 10 million metric standard cubic meter per day of gas. Cross-country pipelines are globally recognised as the safest, cost-effective, energy-efficient and environment-friendly mode for transportation of crude oil and petroleum products.
The operational throughput of pipelines was recorded at 74.20 million metric tonnes during 2013-14. The offshore terminals of IndianOil at Vadinar, Mundra and Paradip have handled 218 tankers including 128 VLCCs during the year. The multi-product pipelines successfully prepared to transport Euro IV grade fuels from refineries to marketing centres maintaining the high quality standards of products during transportation. Beginning with the first batch of Euro-IV MS grade quality fuel to National Capital Region in January, 2010, Euro IV grade quality fuels have been transported through the pipelines from refinery locations to the major metros for supply of these environment friendly products to the consumers as per the new emission norms.
IndianOil completed and commissioned the 290-km long Chennai-Bangalore Pipeline to position the petroleum products from Chennai Petroleum Corporation’s Manali refinery to Bangalore and surrounding areas in a cost-effective manner. Crude oil feed for the expansion of Panipat refinery to 15 million tonnes was arranged through the augmented Mundra-Panipat Pipeline. The augmentation project was commissioned during the year at a cost of Rs. 165 crore against approved cost of Rs. 205 crore.
Integrated crude oil handling facilities being provided at Paradip involves setting up of a second and third Single Point Mooring (SPM) and concomitant sub-sea pipelines. Crude oil blending application installed at Mundra has been an attractive solution for refineries with the ability to blend different crude types to provide a consistent and optimal feedstock to refinery operations. The online integrated crude oil blender facility is now being implemented at Vadinar crude oil terminal to enable the maximization of yields of higher value products.
Implementation of Paradip-Sambalpur-Raipur-Ranchi Pipeline, branch pipeline from Koyali-Sanganer Pipeline at Viramgam to Kandla will further strengthen the petroleum product delivery in central and western India in the coming years.
Nearly 14 pipeline projects are under implementation at an approved cost of over Rs. 6,700 crore. Upon completion, these projects would result in additional length of over 3,600 km and added capacity of 16 MMTPA. These include the 700 km Paradip-Haldia-Budge Budge-Kalyani-Durgapur LPG Pipeline, 295 km Sanganer-Bijwasan Naphtha Pipeline, Augmentation of PHBPL and five additional tanks at Paradip, 270 km branch pipeline from Patna to Motihari and Baitalpur, 120 km Cauvery Basin Refinery to Trichy Pipeline and 400 km Ennore-Trichy-Pondicherry LPG Pipeline.