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Getting off the starting block

So the government has finally approved three Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Regions (PCPIRs). Now comes the difficult part. Who is going to undertake mega investments at a time at a time when the global economic outlook is uncertain, demand for key chemicals has crumbled and not many are willing to stick their neck out […]

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Dow jv hits a roadblock

India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) has deferred making a decision on a proposed chloromethanes joint venture between a subsidiary of Dow Chemical and Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd (GACL) as the government would like more time ‘to examine the proposal’, reports ICIS news. The joint venture plans to build a 200,000 tonne/year chloromethanes plant […]

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The caustic-chlorine dilemma

Indian demand for caustic soda has been steadily expanding thanks to the alumina sector but investments in new chlor-alkali facilities are being held back by limited demand growth for chlorine. As is usually the case, India’s low per capita consumption suggests immense opportunity for growth. India’s per capita chlorine consumption is only around 1.85 kg […]

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ONGC delays Dahej

This is probably an indication of how difficult it is for Indian public sector companies to put together a petrochemical project. ONGC has announced yet another delay to its cracker complex at Dahej, Gujarat, from mid-2010 to February 2012. The project, which has been in the pipeline for many years, appeared to have gathered speed […]

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Preparing for the future

I am back from the first Asian Chemical and Petrochemical Conference with lots of information on the Indian chemicals industry that I plan to share in the coming days. The conference, jointly organised by ICIS and the Indian Chemical Council (ICC) at Mumbai, saw over a 100 delegates from India and overseas. For the first […]

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ONGC to partner GACL?

It looks like GACL’s ethylene dichloride (EDC) project at Dahej is still alive. The latest news is that GACL is in talks with ONGC to partner the project. ONGC is building a cracker at Dahej and will be in a position to provide ethylene. This makes sense as the only other alternative for GACL would […]

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