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BPCL is developing Polyethylene and Polypropylene Manufacturing Units and Aims to Complete the Project by 2026

Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) is developing polypropylene and polyethylene manufacturing units and aims to complete the project by the year 2026. It is the second biggest and fuel marketing and oil refining industry.

About 14 percent of India’s oil refining capacity is owned by Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) which is around 251.2 million tonnes.

It is heavily investing in various petrochemicals, the pre project activities and feasibility studies are in the progress and the establishments of polypropylene project at Kochi Refinery in Kerala and Bina Refinery in Madya Pradesh.

The production of various products like High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Linear Low-Density Polyethylene (LLDPE), Polypropylene (PP), Butene-1, Benzene, Toluene, and Mixed Xylene have eventually down streamed the expectations by Bina Ethylene Cracker.

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The polyols unit located at the same refinery was further replaced by the Kochi polypropylene unit, which is tentatively projected to begin by the year 2027.

The projects will finish in around 4 years period once the environmental approval is acquired. The production of the petrochemicals in the product range of the company will increase when put into operation from the present 1 percent to around 8 percent.

By the year 2040, Bharat Petroleum Corporation aims to achieve net-zero emissions and to set up a business unit for renewable energy which will help in seeking up the electricity generation capacity by the year 2025 and 10 GW by 2040.

Due to the uncertainties of the terminal demand in Asia Pacific region, the recycled polypropylene has observed mixed sentiments. The resurgence of COVID-19 cases and lockdown restriction in china created an affect on market value of R-PP due to the supply chain imbalance.

During the start of the quarter, the prices dropped for polypropylene. On the FOB basis, the cost valuation was settled at USD 875/MT for recycled polypropylene.

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As per procurement resources, BPCL is making significant investments in several petrochemicals, and it is establishing polypropylene projects at refineries in Madhya Pradesh and Kerala. Pre-project activities and feasibility studies are also ongoing. The production of various petrochemical products ultimately fell short of expectations set by the Bina Ethylene Cracker.

The polyols unit, also located at the refinery, was replaced by the Kochi polypropylene unit, with a tentative start date of 2027. When the projects are put into operation, production of the petrochemicals in the company's product line will rise from the current 1% to about 8%, taking about 4 years to complete after the environmental approval is obtained.

By 2040, Bharat Petroleum Corporation hopes to have net-zero emissions and to have established a business unit for renewable energy that would aid in increasing the capacity for electricity generation to 10 GW by 2025. Mixed outlooks have been expressed about recycled polypropylene because of the uncertainty surrounding the region's terminal demand in Asia Pacific. Because of the imbalance in the supply chain, the rise in COVID cases and the lockdown restrictions in China had an impact on the market value of R-PP.

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