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New Mangalore refinery shelved

ONGC has taken a difficult but sensible decision. It has finally shelved plans for a new 15m tonnes/year refinery and petrochemical complex at Mangalore. The project had been facing considerable resistance from the local population. In addition, questions were being raised on the viability of the project. The sharp change in the global business environment […]

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Kakinada update

ONGC has decided to exit from the Kakinada refinery and petrochemicals project. But the project is alive as the GMR group remains interested. I think ONGC made the right decision. It will be interesting to see if GMR will be able to improve the project’s economics.

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Kakinada attracts GMR

Oil and Natural Gas Corp’s (ONGC) Kakinada project continues to attract investors despite questions about its viability. The GMR group is the latest and is reported to have formally expressed interest in taking a stake in the refinery and petrochemical project. The board of Kakinada Refinery and Petrochemicals (KRPL) is due to meet today to […]

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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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Kakinada & Nayachar: back on popular demand

A new year brings in new resolutions and this time around ONGC appears to have recommitted itself a refinery project in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, despite doubts about its viability. And over in West Bengal, the state government is determined to move ahead with a chemical hub at Nayachar. ONGC’s resolution, however, appears to be a […]

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Kakinada revisited

A few months back I had referred to an article in the Indian press which raised doubts on the economic viability of ONGC’s refinery and petrochemicals project at Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. A few readers have posted comments arguing that the project is good for the local economy and should go ahead. I have no doubts […]

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Kakinada project in doubt

Will ONGC abide by the findings of a pre-feasibility study which questions the commercial viability of its refinery project at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh? The project comprises a 15m tonnes/year refinery and a 400,000 tonnes/year polypropylene (PP) facility. The study shows that the project faces poor profitability unless it receives heavy fiscal benefits. This is […]

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