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Nayara Energy begins construction of a polypropylene plant

December 06/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Russian energy giant Rosneft backed Nayara Energy, earlier known as Essar Oil, has chalked out massive expansion plans for India which include setting up of a greenfield petrochemical complex and ramping up its existing refining capacity from 20 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to 46 mtpa at Vadinar near Jamnagar in Gujarat, said the company. 

The total envisaged investment for expansion, of which a major part is towards building a new petrochemical complex, is about Rs.1.5 lakh crore, they said. The expansion plans also include increasing its retail presence and additional investment at the captive port of Vadinar.

When contacted principal secretary to Gujarat chief minister, M K Das, confirmed the development. The company has recently received necessary environmental clearances for the expansion project and it aims to carry out the proposed expansion on the existing land spread over 2,275 hectares and does not require any additional land.

Nayaras proposed refinery expansion will be focused on production of fuel products as well as petrochemical feedstock. The strong demand growth outlook will require capacity addition of nearly 224 MTPA refining capacity in India and this is likely to create considerable need of polypropylene, ethylene and other petrochemical capacity in India by 2025, Nayara has said in a presentation to the government. A senior official at Nayara Energy when contacted refused to comment on the development.

In August 2017, Petrol Complex Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of PJSC Rosneft Oil Company acquired 49.13% and Kesani Enterprises Company Ltd, a consortium led by Trafigura Group Pte Ltd and Russian private equity fund United Capital Partners, acquired another 49.13% from the Essar Group in what was then known as Essar Oil.

The proposed expansion shall take place in phases and is expected to be completed by 2024. The company has also made a proposal to Deendayal Port Trust, the maritime regulator for Vadinar port, for setting up a single-point mooring (SPM) and two product jetties for an investment of about? 450 crore, said a senior official at Deendayal Port Trust who did not wish to be named. The petrochemical complex includes setting up an ethylene cracker and associated units, aromatics, polyester intermediates, polymer units, phenol chain and speciality chemicals.

As per MRC, Nayara Energy hopes to operate its 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) refinery in western India at close to 100% capacity in 2021 as fuel demand is picking up, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing with reference to Chief Executive Alois Virag's statement at APPEC 2021 conference. Nayara, part owned by Russian oil major Rosneft, cut rates at its Vadinar refinery in Gujarat state last year.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,138,510 tonnes in January-September 2021, up by 30% year on year. Supply of propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) decreased significantly.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, crude oil, PP, PE, neftegaz, petrochemistry, Rosneft.
Category:General News
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