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ADD puzzle

It is more than a month since the commerce ministry announced stiff antidumping duties (ADD) on polypropylene (PP) imports from Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Oman. But a customs notification has yet to be released and this is puzzling many industry players. The customs notification, seen as a formality, is usually out within a week after […]

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Make way for ‘Chindonesia’

China, India and Indonesia are powering Asia’s economic recovery this year prompting one economist to club the three to form Asia’s “next growth triangle”. A recent report by CLSA, titled Chindonesia: Enter the Komodo, estimates that the three countries will generate $10 trillion of wealth for investors by 2015. “Together, China and India are increasingly […]

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Ouch! That hurts

I have been hearing that the Indian government will soon announce preliminary antidumping duty (ADD) on polypropylene (PP) imports from Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Oman. A few lucky producers/exporters have escaped but there are many who face a stiff duty of as much as a few hundred dollars, say my friends from the industry. Polymer […]

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Self-preservation first

India is aggressively moving to protect domestic companies with more news trickling in on safeguard and antidumping duties. The government is planning to initiate safeguard duty investigations on Chinese imports of 12-13 products from the chemicals and base metals sector, says this report in the Business Standard. This comes after the government decided on 30 […]

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FTA woes

India and Asean are all set to implement an FTA (free trade agreement) from 1 January 2008. Both sides completed six years of negotiations yesterday and a final agreement is due to be signed in December this year. Over 400 products are on the sensitive/negative list and some chemicals have been included. But I understand […]

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Essar inches ahead

Essar’s petrochemical plans are slowly taking shape with the company having identified technologies for its cracker and polyolefin units at Jamnagar, Gujarat. ICIS news reported last week that the cracker would be set up in technical collaboration with Lummus And earlier this month, the company was reported to have selected technology from Ineos for its […]

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Ready for rubber

Indian Oil Corp (IOC) recent financial woes do not appear to have dampened its interest in petrochemicals. After pushing back plans for a paraxylene (PX), polypropylene (PP) and styrene plants downstream of a proposed refinery at Paradip, it is interesting to read that the company intends to soon start a detailed feasibility study on a […]

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Paradip update

I had written about a delay in Indian Oil Corp’s (IOC) paraxylene (PX), polypropylene (PP) and styrene projects at Paradip because of rising costs and financial constraints. But a company source tells me that a final decision on the timing of these projects and the refinery will be decided by the end of this month. […]

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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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PO surplus set to continue

Despite India’s stellar economic performance there are signs that the country’s polyolefin surplus will not disappear very soon. In a presentation at last week’s Asian Chemical and Petrochemical Conference, Raj Datta of Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd drew out three scenarios. In the first case, India would have a surplus of 2m tonnes of polyethylene (PE) and […]

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