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GAIL studying feasibility of doubling petrochemical capacity at its BCPL subsidiary

June 14/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- GAIL has launched a study to double petrochemical capacity at its Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Ltd. (BCPL) subsidiary in Assam, India, according to Apic-online with reference to a local news report citing GAIL Chairman and Managing Director B.C. Tripathi.

The project, for which a schedule was not given, would use naphtha feedstock from Numaligarh Refinery, which recently received approval for an expansion to 9-million t/y from 3-million t/y presently.  The refinery is expected to be completed in four years.

BCPL currently has a nameplate capacity of 220,000 t/y of linear low-density polyethylene and high-density polyethylene and 60,000 t/y of polypropylene.

Last year, PCN reported that Indian Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the government wanted GAIL to exit its non-core petrochemicals business "gradually" and focus on its pipeline business.

As MRC wrote previously, India's state-owned gas utility company GAIL India plans to import ethane from countries including the US, for its upcoming USD5 billion joint-venture Andhra Pradesh petrochemical plant. GAIL is seeking 1.3 million mt/year of ethane for 15 years for its JV ethane cracker with India's Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL), located on the east coast of India beginning 2022, the company said in February 2016.

Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) is the largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company in India. It is headquartered in New Delhi. It has the following business segments: natural gas, liquid hydrocarbon, liquefied petroleum gas transmission, petrochemicals, city gas distribution, exploration and production, GAILTEL and electricity generation.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, LLDPE, crude and gaz condensate, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, gas processing, petrochemistry, Gail India Ltd, HPCL, India.
Category:General News
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