Barauni beckons

State-owned IOC and Gail appear to have been drawn into yet another futile petrochemical project by politicians. This time it is in Barauni, Bihar.

IOC operates a 6m tonnes/year refinery at Barauni but this is unlikely to yield sufficient feedstock for the project. The ministry for chemicals and fertilisers has therefore asked Gail to develop a gas pipeline.

The justification, as always, is the development of a downstream industry and creation of employment opportunities.


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