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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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Projects and protests

I am back from my holiday and have discovered no earthshaking developments in the last few weeks. But the following news articles caught my eye. First, Dow Chemical’s European arm and GACL have agreed on a 50:50 joint venture to produce 200,000 tonnes/year of chloromethanes at Dahej, on the west coast of India. The plant […]

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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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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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Dow’s latest India move

Looks like Dow Chemical is set to boost its presence in India. Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd (GACL) announced yesterday that it has signed a MoU with Dow for business cooperation in chlorinated organics. It is not yet clear if the cooperation involves manufacturing products in India and the scale of Dow’s investment. What is […]

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