CNC is used to produce graphite electrodes for deployment in high temperature (2,800 degrees Centigrade) electric arc furnaces of steel industry.
IOC Chairman S M Vaidya said the proposed unit will enhance refinery margins.
"This needle coker unit is yet another significant step by Indian Oil towards de-risking the uncertainty in the petroleum oil business," he said.
Presently, the entire needle coke requirement of the country (80-100 kilo tonnes per annum) is met through imports.
Production of needle coke at Paradip refinery will reduce import dependency and would contribute to the vision of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat', IOC said.
Needle coke is a substitute for natural graphite and offers higher quality consistency.
With technological advancements, needle coke is now used to make carbon anode of Lithium-ion batteries.
As electric vehicle (EV) transportation is emerging as a viable option, the production of needle coke (anode for Li-ion battery) would add to the quest for self-reliance in India.
This project can also be replicated at other Indian refineries that process low-sulphur-feed as a margin improvement initiative, it said.
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