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Fire breaks out at Bharat Petroleum plant in Mumbai

January 14/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- A fire broke out the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited's (BPCL) plant in Mahul area of suburban Chembur on Tuesday afternoon, reported NDTV with reference to an official's statement.

No casualty was reported in the accident, he said.

The blaze erupted around 12.40 pm in an air compressor at the main gate of the BPCL plant, an official at the city civic body's control room said.

Thick black smoke was seen emanating from the plant.

"It was a minor fire. No one was injured," the official said, adding that BPCL's staff immediately extinguished the blaze.

All agencies concerned, including the Mumbai Fire Bridge, were mobilised soon after getting information about the blaze, he said.

The cause of the fire was yet to be confirmed, he added.

As MRC informed previously, BPCL plans to set up a petrochemicals unit at its Bina refinery in Madhya Pradesh as part of its Rs25,000 crore expansion plan for the refinery. The petrochemical unit, which will include a 1.5 mln tpa naphtha cracker, is expected to cost Rs6,000-7,000 crore.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing PE and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,904,410 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2019, up by 6% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. PE shipments increased from both domestic producers and foreign suppliers. The PP consumption in the Russian market was 1,161,830 tonnes in January-November 2019, up by 7% year on year. Deliveries of all grades of propylene polymers increased, with the homopolymer PP segment accounting for the largest increase.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) is an Indian state-controlled oil and gas company headquartered in Mumbai, India. Bharat Petroleum owns refineries at Mumbai, Maharashtra and Kochi, Kerala (Kochi Refineries) with a capacity of 12 and 9.5  million metric tonnes per year.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, homopolymer PP, propylene, ethylene, petrochemistry, Bharat Petroleum, India, Russia.
Category:General News
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