• Massive expansion of IOC plant at Cherlapally

    The Indian Oil Corporation has taken up a massive expansion of its LPG bottling plant at Cherlapally at a cost of Rs. 30 crore keeping in view the future demand.

    The capacity of the plant will be more than doubled from 120 thousand metric tonnes (tmt) per annum to 250 tmt per annum when the 72-carousal high-speed machine is commissioned in March 2017, a senior IOC official said.

    He shot down fears of LPG distributors that the work would lead to disruption in supplies of cylinders as the other bottling plants of IOC at Thimmapur on Mahbubnagar – Ranga Reddy border, Paravada in Visakhapatnam, Kondapally near Vijayawada and Kadapa would chip in. The downtime loss would be absorbed by these units.

    The Cherlapally unit rolled out about 39,000 cylinders per day with the present 2 X 24 head carousal and the same would go up to 75,000 cylinder per day after March. The carousals are inlet – outlet filling systems to fill empty cylinders with cooking gas, rotating 360 degrees, when they were despatched by a conveyor belt. With the latest machinery, IOC would overtake the capacity of HPCL bottling unit which is also located at Cherlaplly. The HPCL had installed 66-head carousal which was the first in the country in 2010. On the other hand, IOC was working with the present 2 X 24 head carousal since 1998.

    The IOC is the biggest supplier of cooking gas in the State in the brand name of Indane with 36 lakh customers, including 16 lakh connections in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy. About 23,000 tonnes of LPG was supplied in Telangana, including 12,000 tonnes in Hyderabad, per month. Joonas Donskoi Jersey

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