Tag Archives | refinery

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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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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New twist in Bhatinda story

Is Lakshmi Mittal having second thoughts about participating in the Bhatinda refinery project? This report suggests that Mittal might walk out of the project if the state government does not extend fiscal incentives that had been promised a few years back. The incentives include waiver of sales tax on fuel which is said to be […]

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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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Reliance pumps oil

It is finally here. After years of waiting and rumours of delays Reliance Industries has finally started pumping oil from its massive KG-D6 block of the Krishna Godavari basin. Initially about 5,000 bbls/day of crude is being pumped out although the plan is to reach 550,000 bbls/day over the next six to eight quarters. While […]

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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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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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Trouble at Paradip

I was under the impression that there are no major hurdles to Indian Oil Corp’s (IOC) refinery and petrochemical project at Paradip. But I came across this news yesterday that the viability of the project is in question following the government’s decision to withdraw a tax holiday from 1 April 2009. The project has been […]

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