India’s Rama Phosphates begins Commercial Production of Sulphuric Acid

Rama Phosphates has commenced commercial production of Sulphuric Acid and its derivatives from the new manufacturing facility (Unit-2) at its existing factory premises at Indore with effect from February 23, 2021. With this capacity addition of 55,000 tons per annum (TPA) from Unit-2, the company’s overall annual production capacity of Sulphuric Acid would be 155,000 … Read more

Reliance Initiates Oil to Chemicals Business Spin-off with $25B Loan

India’s Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) has started carving out its new oil-to-chemicals (O2C) operation into an independent unit with a $25 billion loan from the parent company. The wholly owned unit’s assets will be funded by the interest-bearing loan, which will be an “efficient mechanism to upstream cash, including any potential capital receipts,” in the … Read more

IG Petrochemicals’ Board Approves $82 Million to Expand PA Capacity

IG Petrochemicals, an established market leader in Phthalic Anhydride (PA) in India announced a capital outlay of Rs 600 crore ($82.6 million) to expand its Phthalic Anhydride capacity. The Board of I G Petrochemicals at its meeting held on 09 February 2021 has approved the greenfield expansion of Phthalic Anhydride up to 80,000 MTPA & … Read more

Shell to Grow its Chemicals Business as part of its Transition Strategy

Shell committed to expanding its chemical business on Thursday, setting targets for the division as it moves the company towards net carbon neutrality. In a strategy update, the company’s CEO Ben van Beurden laid out targets to increase cash generation from chemicals by $1-2 billion per year and reduce exposure to commodity chemicals by around … Read more

Bodal Chemicals Ltd to Acquire Chlor-Alkali plant from Mawana Sugar Ltd

India’s Bodal Chemicals Limited has entered into Business Transfer Agreement (BTA) with Mawana Sugar Limited (MSL) to acquire its chlor-alkali plant known as Siel Chemical Complex (SCC) at Rajpura, Punjab. Bodal stated that the proposed acquisition will help the Company in diversification of its existing chemicals product line by adding new products. SCC is engaged … Read more

Lummus to Supply FCC Tech for BPCL’s Refinery Expansion in India

Lummus Technology announced an award for its Indmax Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) technology from Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. (NRL), a subsidiary of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL). The Indmax FCC unit is part of NRL’s refinery expansion project, which will increase crude processing capacity from the current 3 MMTPA to 9 MMTPA at their facilities in … Read more

UPL Reports 13.7% Net Sales Growth for Q3 YoY FY20-21

UPL Ltd., an Indian fertilizer manufacturer announced its results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2020. Q3 Results- QoQ The company’s net profit increased 75.79% to Rs 944 crores ($129.6 million) for the period ended December 31, 2020 as against net profit of Rs 537 crores ($73.7 million) for the previous quarter. Net sales … Read more

ExxonMobil Launches Low Carbon Solutions Business Unit

ExxonMobil has created a new business to commercialize its extensive low-carbon technology portfolio. The new business, ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions, will initially focus on carbon capture and storage, one of the critical technologies required to achieve net zero emissions and the climate goals outlined in the Paris Agreement. ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions is advancing plans … Read more

Indian Oil Corp Petrochemicals Segment YoY Sales Grew 33% for Q3 FY20-21

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL), one of India’s largest petrochemicals manufacturer announced its results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2020. Petrochemicals Segment Q3 Results- QoQ The segment’s profit before taxes (PBT) grew 75.74% to Rs 1,720.96 crores ($235.9 million) for the period ended December 31, 2020 as against PBT of Rs 979.26 crores … Read more

Competition Commission of India Approves Grasim, Indorama Deal

Competition Commission of India (CCI) has cleared the proposed acquisition of Indo Gulf Fertilizers by Indorama India Private Ltd (IIPL). Indo Gulf Fertilizers is a part of Grasim Industries Ltd (GIL). Indorama will acquire the business as a going concern on a slump sale basis, as per a notice filed with the watchdog. “Commission approves … Read more

Reliance Industries Spins Off O2C Business, New Entity Reports 10% Growth QoQ

Reliance Industries Ltd has completed spin-off of the firm’s oil-to-chemical business into a new unit that will help it pursue growth opportunities with strategic partnerships, the company has said. The oil-to-chemical (O2C) business unit holds Reliance’s oil refinery and petrochemical assets and retail fuel business but not upstream oil and gas producing fields such as … Read more

ONGC’s Plan to Merge MRPL & HPCL gets Delayed till 2024

India’s state run oil and gas explorer ONGC’s plan to merge its refining subsidiary Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd ( MRPL ) with Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) has got delayed, according to a report by IANS. The process is now expected to be complete by 2024. The merger was aimed at aligning ONGC’s upstream … Read more

India to Renew Antidumping Duty on PA imports from Russia, Removes Japan

India’s Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DTGR) has recommended continuation of antidumping duties on phthalic anhydride imported from Russia, for another five years, as it noted that its removal may hurt the domestic industry. But, in case of Japan, it has suggested that the anti-dumping duties may be withdrawn as it was unlikely to cause … Read more

INEOS Completes the Acquisition of BP’s Global Aromatics & Acetyls Business

INEOS completed the purchase of the global Aromatics and Acetyls businesses from BP for a consideration of $5 billion. The deal was first announced at the end of June 2020. INEOS is already one of the world’s leading petrochemical companies and this acquisition will extend both the portfolio and the geographic reach of the business. … Read more

L&T Hydrocarbon Wins EPCC Contracts worth $1.5 Billion from HRRL, India

India’s L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering on Monday said it has won an order from HPCL Rajasthan Refinery (HRRL) worth over Rs 7,000 crore ($958 million), the biggest EPCC contract in petchem sector in India. HRRL is a joint venture between Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) and the government of Rajasthan. The EPCC contract is for setting up … Read more

UPL Reduces Gross Debt by $410 Million

UPL said the company has completed the pre-payment of US$410 million of 3.25% Senior Notes due October 2021. The pre-payment, which concluded on 28 December 2020, was done using the cash on its balance sheet, UPL said. This prepayment is in line with its commitment to reduce debt. UPL is committed towards deleveraging its balance … Read more

SIBUR, Sinopec Close JV Deal for $10-11 Billion Amur Gas Chemical Complex

SIBUR Holding and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) have closed the deal to set up a joint venture (JV) at the Amur Gas Chemical Complex after obtaining all the necessary approvals from the regulators of both countries. SIBUR and Sinopec will hold interest in the JV in the amount of 60% and 40%, respectively. … Read more

Sumitomo to Examine Combined Propane Dehydrogenation-CO2 Utilization Tech in Singapore

Sumitomo Chemical has begun exploring a possible combination of a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) technology that converts propane gas into propylene, with another technology that efficiently synthesizes methanol, using hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2), by-products from PDH. This initiative is under consideration in Sumitomo Chemical’s petrochemical complex in Singapore, and supported by the Singapore Economic Development … Read more

Johnson Matthey and thyssenkrupp Renew Partnership for Ammonia Tech

Johnson Matthey (JM), a global leader in sustainable technologies, and thyssenkrupp, a technology provider for world-scale ammonia plants, have signed an agreement to renew their collaboration around ammonia process and catalyst supply. The partnership was founded two decades ago and sees thyssenkrupp exclusively use JM’s world class catalysts for its uhde ammonia process built in … Read more

Sinopec to Invest $4.4 Billion to Curb China’s Dependence on Ethylene Imports

Sinopec’s board has approved plans to build a 1.2-million metric tons per annum ethylene plant and downstream units in the Nangang area of the port of Tianjin, China, according to an announcement posted on 4 December. Sinopec estimates the cost of the project at 28.8 billion renminbi ($4.4 billion). Sinopec announced in November that it … Read more