Two dead, two injured in fire at IOC's Panipat Naphtha Cracker complex

Fire in IOC's Naptha craker complex in Panipat: two dead
Two persons died and two others suffered injuries in a fire that broke out inside the catalyst building (pumping area) of the Polyethylene Swing Unit of the Panipat Naphtha Cracker complex of the Indian Oil Corporation yesterday, IOC sources said.
An IOC press release said the fire, which broke out at about 1230 hours yesterday, was brought under control quickly by the fire and safety crew and personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and emergency services.
The release one of a contractor's workers, Mohan Lal, resident of Baljattan village, lost his life at the site of the accident. 
Three Indian Oil employees, who had suffered injuries were shifted to a hospital in Panipat and later to Apollo Hospital in Delhi, where one of them, Bhhanojee Seepana, succumbed to his injuries.
Meanwhile, a committee of senior officials is investigating the cause of the fire. As a precautionary measure, the swing unit is temporarily under shutdown. All other units are under normal operations at Panipat Naphtha Cracker and Panipat Refinery to ensure uninterrupted supply of petroleum and petrochemical products, the release added.
"IndianOil is committed to taking care of all its stakeholders and the present focus is on providing the best possible assistance to those affected and supporting their families. An ex-gratia payment of Rs. 5 lakh has been sanctioned to the bereaved family of Mohan Lal by IndianOil. Additionally, Rs. 5 lakh will be given to his family by the contractor, Prakash Construction. Compensation to the family of Bhhanojee Seepana is being extended under the extant rules of the Corporation," the release added.
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CCEA nod for eight-laning of Mukarba Chowk-Panipat section of NH-1 in Delhi, Haryana

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday gave its approval for eight-laning of the Mukarba Chowk-Panipat section of National Highway (NH) – 1 in Delhi and Haryana. 
An official press release said the approval was in the BOT (Toll) mode on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (BOT/DBFOT) basis. 
The cost of the project has been estimated at Rs.2204.51 crore, including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. 
The total length of the road will be approximately 69.84 kms, the release said.
The road is a part of Sher Shah Suri Marg (now NH-1) connecting the States of Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh and Western Uttar Pradesh with Delhi. This road is also important from a strategic/defence point of view as it leads to the borders of the country. 

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Coal Ministry okays transfer of coal linkage of Panipat TPS to new supercritical plant

The Ministry of Coal has approved the transfer of the existing coal linkage of Panipat Thermal Power Station (TPS) to a new supercritical plant to be set up at the same location. 
The decision has been taken on the basis of recommendations of the Standing Linkage Committee (Long Term) which considered the request of the Government of Haryana, an official press release said.
The release recalled that the new Government, after taking over in May, 2014, had formulated a policy for automatic transfer of coal linkage in case of scrapping of old thermal plants and replacing them with new supercritical plants, to encourage better technology and production efficiency. 
Under this dispensation, inefficient and uneconomical units 1 to 4 (each of capacity 110 MW) at Panipat TPS shall be replaced by setting up more efficient supercritical unit of 660/800 MW capacity at the available land within the same premises by way of simultaneous phasing out units 1 to 4 during the next 4 to 5 years. 
Under this policy, LoA/linkage granted to the old plant shall be automatically transferred to the new plant of nearest supercritical capacity. If the capacity of the new supercritical plant is higher than the old plant, additional coal may be accorded priority subject to the availability of coal on best effort basis from Coal India Limited (CIL).The only technical requirement is that a capacity equivalent to at least 50% of the proposed capacity of new supercritical plant has to be retired. 
The release said this policy shall be applicable to pre-NCDP (New Coal Distribution Policy) plants in public sector only, which have already been granted long term Linkages/ LoAs. Automatic transfer of LoA is permissible only when the new plant is set up within the State in which the old plant was located and the old plant is actually scrapped. Obviously, the old plant can continue to operate only till the commercial operation date (CoD) of new plant, the release added.

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India's first styrene butadiene rubber plant at Panipat dedicated to nation

Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas M. Veerappa Moily speaking at the dedication of India’s first Styrene Butadiene Rubber Plant to the mation, at Panipat, Haryana on November 29, 2013.
Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas M. Veerappa Moily speaking at the dedication of India’s first Styrene Butadiene Rubber Plant to the mation, at Panipat, Haryana on November 29, 2013.
Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister M Veerappa Moily dedicated to the nation India's first styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) plant at Panipat in Haryana yesterday.
Speaking on the occasion, he said this was a milestone achievement by Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), which will provide the country with a product that it is importing from other countries at present and, thus, help save considerable amounts in foreign exchange.
He congratulated and thanked Marubeni of Japan and  TSRC of Taiwan for coming to India and  joining hands with IndianOil  in setting up of this state-of-the-art plant at Panipat.
SBR is used to produce various products like  tyres, conveyor belts, hose, shoe soles, industrial goods, and so on with superior processing properties like flexing resistance, tear and cracking resistance and improved abrasive resistance.
The  project is considered as a path breaking venture of national importance as there is no operating capacity in the country  and the entire domestic demand is met through imports.
IOC, TSRC and Marubeni are partners in the joint venture called Indian Synthetic Rubber Ltd (ISRL). It is based on butadiene availabe from IOC's naphtha cracker complex at Panipat.
Built at a cost of Rs. 958 crore, the project is designed to produce 120 KTA of high quality SBR.
The tyre sector is the largest end-use sector for synthetic rubber in India. SBR, which accounts for 40% of the total synthetic rubber demand, is consumed mostly in the tyre sector.
As the tyre production in India is increasing at a fast pace, the synthetic rubber consumption has also simultaneously increased. 
Mr Moily noted that, with the delicensing of the refining sector, the country's refining capacity had grown from a modest 62 MMTPA in 1998 to about 215 MMTPA at present, comprising 22 refineries - 17 in the public sector, two in the joint sector and three in the private sector.
With grass-root refineries at Paradip (15 MMTPA) and NOCL (6.0) and expansion of some of the existing refineries, the total refining capacity is expected to touch around 271.2 MMTPA  by the end of the 12th plan. It is expected to go up to 332.9 MMTPA at the end of 13th Plan.
He said India had exported 63.4 MMT of petroleum, oil and lubricant (POL) products in 2012-13, registering a growth of 5 per cent over 2011-12.

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Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.


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