Tag Archives | petrochemicals

Divine intervention needed

A reader of this blog has alerted me about serious problems at Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL). An electrical short circuit has forced the company to stop operations at one crude distillation unit, two hydrocracker units, two visbreaker units, two sulphur recovery units and two reformers. The refinery is said to be operating at […]

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Empty promises

The 100-day fever is fast spreading and the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilisers is the latest casualty. A very bland press release outlining what the ministry plans to achieve over the next three months has come my way. I started reading the release with a great deal of scepticism and was convinced at the end […]

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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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Naphtha is back in fashion

A steep drop in petrochemicals demand had dragged down naphtha prices in the last two months. But low prices have stinulated demand, not only from crackers but also from fertiliser and power plants. With naphtha below $300/tonne, some Indian fertiliser and power plants are moving away from liquefied natural gas (LNG), says this report. Imports […]

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Double trouble

It’s a double whammy for Reliance Industries. Not only have petrochemical margins dwindled but gross refining margins (GRM) have also fallen sharply in the last two months. One report suggests that the company recorded negative refining margins in October and November and that the GRM for the quarter ending December 2008 would be considerably lower […]

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Aramco for Vizag?

Saudi Aramco is now being talked about as a prospective investor in the Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) led refinery and petrochemical complex at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Talks are on to bring in Aramco, says HPCL’s chairman in this report in today’s Financial Express. Aramco’s presence would help as it would ensure crude oil supplies […]

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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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Watch Out!

It is time for the Indian chemical industry to wake up to the threat of increased flow of downstream chemicals from the Middle East. Countries such as Saudi Arabia are aggressively pushing for the development of a petrochemicals industry that goes beyond olefins and polyolefins. State-owned and private companies are busy planning a host of […]

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Paradip petchems postponed

After years of planning and crossing many hurdles IOC has now decided to defer the petrochemical portion of its Paradip project. The decision comes at a time when the company is struggling to cope with huge losses on account of record high crude oil prices and the government’s reluctance to raise retail fuel prices. IOC […]

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