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Indian MRPL signs six-month diesel export deal with BP

September 15/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Indian refiner Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) has signed a six-month deal to supply BP with 80,000 tons of diesel per month from October, said two trade sources close to the matter, said Reuters.

MRPL will supply diesel to BP for the Australian market at a premium of about USD1.40 a tonne for the six months, the sources said, with pricing based on the average of Argus and Platts' Mideast Gulf spot assessments of 10ppm sulphur gasoil.

The Indian refiner previously had a similar deal with trader Vitol for supplies over April-September this year, they added.

India's diesel demand has yet to reach pre-pandemic levels, though gasoline consumption is expected to surge to its highest in 2021/22 as people eschew public transport, preferring to use their own vehicles for safety reasons.

A rise in gasoline production is leading to surplus production of gasoil, which refiners are exporting. MRPL declined to comment on the deal while BP said it does not comment on its commercial activities.

As MRC informed before, in June 2015, MRPL successfully commenced commercial production of PP from its polypropylene plant as part of its phase-III refinery expansion and upgradation project in Mangaluru. The plant has a capacity to produce 4,40,000 tonnes of PP per annum. Feedstock for the PP plant - polymer grade propylene - is being produced from upstream petrochemical fluidised catalytic cracking unit of the refinery. Technology provider for the PP plant is Novolen of Germany. The plant has been engineered and constructed by Engineers India Ltd.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's PP shipments to the Russian market were 727,160 tonnes in the first six months of 2021, up by 31% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased. Supply of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) subsided.

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL), is an oil refinery at Mangalore and is a subsidiary of ONGC, set up in 1993. The refinery is located at Katipalla, north from centre of Mangalore city. The refinery was established after displacing five villages of Bala, Kalavar, Kuthetoor, Katipalla, and Adyapadi.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PP, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, PP random copolymer, PP-stat, BP Plc, MRPL, India.
Category:General News
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