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Old February 20th, 2012, 05:47 AM   #41
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Kochi LNG Terminal to be commissioned this July
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 02:34 PM   #42
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And the first set of recruitments for Kochi Project has started!!!

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Old March 17th, 2012, 08:05 AM   #43
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LNG-based power proposal gets a boost

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The Union Budget proposal for exempting natural gas and liquefied natural gas from basic customs duty comes as a boost to plans to set up a 1,200-MW LNG-based power plant, integrated with the LNG receiving and re-gasification facility being set up at the port-based Special Economic Zone on Puthuvype Island here.

Petronet LNG Limited, which is building the LNG terminal here, had confirmed here this week that the government had agreed in principle to a proposal for setting up a power plant at the Kochi terminal. The power project is estimated to cost between Rs.3,000 and Rs.4,000 crore.

The cost of electricity from a power plant integrated with the LNG terminal is expected to be cheaper than that from other generation facilities. The move to exempt gas for power generation from customs duty will add to the attractiveness of the project.

The budget proposal said that domestic producers of thermal power had been under stress because of the high price of coal.

The Budget move will also prove beneficial for the proposal by the National Thermal Power Corporation to use LNG from Kochi for expanding its generation facility at Kayamkulam. The pricing issue has held up the signing of a gas purchase agreement between NTPC and Gail India Limited. There is no understanding yet between Kerala State Electricity Board and NTPC on purchase of power by the former.
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Old March 20th, 2012, 10:42 AM   #44
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So Kochi thinks big with South India's first Petrochemicals Zone

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The State Budget for 2012-13 has taken due note of the prospects for employment generation raised by the establishment of a petrochemical complex here in rhythm with the expansion of the capacity of Bharat Petroleum Corporation's Kochi Refinery from the current 9.5 million tonnes to 15 million tonnes a year.

The budget has set aside Rs. 50 crore towards preliminary works for the petro-chemical industrial zone, the project now being coordinated by Kerala Industrial Development Corporation. The budget provision recognises the fact that Kerala is eager to shed its image as a home to industries in the traditional mould as it reaches out to the new industries, said an office-bearer of the Small Industries Association here.

According to industry sources, nearly 20 downstream units, involving an approximate investment of Rs. 6,000 crore, can be set up with the petrochemical complex going on stream. These projects require around 100 acres of land.

The process of identification of the land is progressing in right earnest. The land is already available with the government and it would be possible to allocate the area for the downstream units. It is estimated that about 10,000 new jobs can be created through these units that will make products as varied as ink and paints; adhesives, agrochemicals, textiles and diapers.

The petrochemical complex will also offer new business avenues for public sector undertakings like Fertilizers and Chemicals and Cochin Port Trust; and the Kerala State owned Travancore Cochin Chemicals.

Industry sources said that the increased capacity of the BPCL refinery would result in the production of around five lakh tonnes of propylene, which will result in the production of nine lakh tonnes of petrochemical derivatives.
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Old March 20th, 2012, 10:54 AM   #45
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Petrochemicals Zone holds a major key for development

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The proposal to set up a petrochemical industrial zone in view of the capacity expansion of BPCL Kochi Refinery offers a lot of opportunities in terms of employment and business. The Finance Minister has earmarked `50 crore for land acquisition and preliminary work for the zone.

“BPCL Kochi Refinery is implementing a Rs 18,000-crore project for capacity expansion in the next five years. This is considered to be the largest investment in the industrial sector of the state. It is expected that the capacity expansion will open up opportunities for allied industries which will also generate employment opportunities. The government has already announced certain tax exemptions for BPCL. A Petrochemical Industrial Zone will further enhance the possibilities in this sector,” the minister said during the Budget speech.

With the capacity expansion of the refinery, the production of chemical compounds such as polypropylene and poly urethane is expected to increase. Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer used in a wide variety of applications including packaging and labelling, textiles (ropes, thermal underwear and carpets) stationery, plastic parts and reusable containers of various types, laboratory equipment, loudspeakers, automotive components, and polymer banknotes.

“Since the number of industries using these compounds are low in India, they are being exported now. Though the amount of polypropylene produced in Kochi Refinery is unbridgeable presently, it is expected to go up in the near future. In such a situation, a petrochemical industrial zone will be advantageous for the industrial sector in the state,” said sources
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Old March 20th, 2012, 11:06 AM   #46
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Old March 20th, 2012, 11:40 AM   #47
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Great news for Kochi and Kerala. I feel the thread should be separated into two as,

BPCL - Kochi Refinery & Petrochemical Industrial Zone
Petronet - LNG Terminal, Power Plant and GAIL Pipeline
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Old March 20th, 2012, 12:48 PM   #48
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Great news for Kochi and Kerala. I feel the thread should be separated into two as,

BPCL - Kochi Refinery & Petrochemical Industrial Zone
Petronet - LNG Terminal, Power Plant and GAIL Pipeline
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Even now I feel so... Lets wait for the proposals taking more concrete shape... Perhaps Kochi SSC might require few threads like

1. Kochi Refineries and Petrochemicals Zone Project
2. Petronet Puthuvypeen SEZ- LNG Terminal, 1200 MW Power Plant, Gas Corridors/Industries, KGAIL
3. W.Island Port City project
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Old March 20th, 2012, 12:54 PM   #49
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Petrochemical to be the next catalyst for industrial growth of Kochi and Kerala


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Old March 21st, 2012, 07:19 AM   #50
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LNG Terminal gets two fire tenders
Anto Thermadam, TNN | Feb 29, 2012, 05.16AM IST

KOCHI: The Kochi LNG Terminal will now have its own fire tenders to conduct rescue operations and address emergency situations. Two fire tenders arrived at the project site at Puthuvypeen last week.

These will be part of a fire and rescue station, which will be commissioned on the terminal premises in October, a senior official at the terminal said on Tuesday. This fire station might also be of help to the city's Fire and Rescue Services Department.

"Initially its services will be used for emergency situations in the terminal and nearby industries on mutual understanding. At a later stage we will consider rendering our services to others," the official said. The fire tenders with air-conditioned cabins will use water, foam and dry chemical for rescue operations. Each has three tanks with a capacity of 13,000 litres.

According to the official, these multipurpose fire tenders can prevent oxidation of liquefied natural gas in case of an emergency.

An official in the Fire and Rescue Services Department said this could be the first time a fire tender is being brought to the city. "At present, the fire trucks cannot use water and foam simultaneously," said the official.
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 10:17 AM   #51
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Wait for approval from Smart City to delay LNG pipeline project

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Old March 22nd, 2012, 11:30 AM   #52
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സ്മാര്*ട്ട്* സിറ്റി അല്ലെ.. 'പുലി' കുറച്ചു കൂടുതലാ... 'പട്ടി' എന്ന് തന്നെ ആണ് ശെരി....
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 04:28 PM   #53
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Old March 30th, 2012, 04:08 PM   #54
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BPCL Directorial board clears capacity expansion

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Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) announced Friday the board of directors has approved the integrated refinery expansion project at BPCL (Q,N,C,F)* Kochi Refinery with a capital outlay of Rs 142.25 billion. The environmental clearance for the project is expected during the latter part of the year.

The project envisages expansion of Kochi Refinery from 9.5 million tonnes per annum to 15.5 million tonnes per annum. It also plans to modernize the refinery to produce motor fuels meeting Euro IV/V quality specification.

The entire residue from the expanded refining capacity of 15.5 MMTPA will be upgraded to value added distillates and coke along with the project.

BPCL also intends to produce polymer grade propylene from the project which can be used as raw material for a series of niche petrochemicals which are at present being imported into the country. The Refinery will be able to process cheaper high sulphur crude oils once the project is implemented. The project is targeted to be completed by December 2015.

Shares of the company gained Rs 15.45, or 2.26%, to settle at Rs 699.30. The total volume of shares traded was 73,869 at the BSE (Friday).
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Old March 30th, 2012, 10:55 PM   #55
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Refinery Expansion project increased its size slightly

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Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) said it will expand its Kochi refinery by 63%, slightly higher than previously planned, by December 2015 and upgrade the refinery to process cheaper, high-sulphur crude to improve margins and products.

The Rs 14,225-crore expansion and upgradation project will see the southern India-based refinery processing 310,000 barrels per day (bpd), the country's second-biggest state-run refiner said in a stock exchange filing on Friday.

BPCL had initially planned to raise the capacity of its 190,000 bpd Kochi refinery capacity to 300,000 bpd by March 2015.

Refiners in Indian and other emerging markets are boosting capacity to feed rising regional demand, while their counterparts in the United States and Europe restructure or shut plants on sluggish economic growth and weakening global demand.

BPCL said it expects to get environmental clearance for the project in the latter part of 2012.

The company said it also plans to produce polymer-grade propylene from the project which will be used as a feedstock for a series of niche petrochemicals.

Indian refiners want to ramp up exports as local sales of fuels at subsidised prices are impacting their margins and driving up local fuel demand.

Private refiners, which do not get compensation from the federal government for selling fuel at subsidised rates, prefer to export fuel.

The International Energy Agency said in its latest report India's fuel demand could rise 3.2% in 2012, led by diesel.

BPCL plans to boost capacity at the Bina refinery to 180,000 bpd from 120,000 bpd. It also operates a 240,000-bpd refinery in Mumbai and has a majority stake in a 60,000 bpd refinery in northeast India.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 05:47 PM   #56
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According to me oil companies should stop spending money to expand capacity of refineries and spend more money acquire and develop more oil fields abroad. Our refineries have overcapacities and we export petroleum products. In future oil deficit countries like India will encourage vehicles which use electricity or hydrogen as fuel. I don't know why people who protest against nuclear projects are not protesting against pollution caused by refineries and vehicles.
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LNG pipeline solution in 10 days; issues to be solved soon
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The more than six-month-old impasse over the GAIL pipeline project through SmartCity and Naval Armament Depot (NAD) areas will be resolved in ten days.

Additional chief secretary (Industries) V Somasundaram told TOI that one or two viable proposals have already been drafted for resuming the pipeline work through SmartCity project area and a final decision would be taken soon. Similarly, NAD authorities have also assured that they would get clearance for the pipeline work in the next few days.

Work on these pipeline stretches (about 800 metre) were stopped citing safety considerations. Reacting to the latest development

GAIL deputy general manager K P Ramesh said that laying pipelines through these stretches were critical for the completion of the first phase of LNG pipeline project.

"We will be able to complete both works within a month once we get the necessary permissions.'' First phase of the pipeline will carry gas from the Petronet LNG terminal to Amabalamukal and Udyogamandal areas.

The terminal will start trial run in July and commercial operation in October. The first phase of pipeline should be completed much earlier than commissioning of the LNG terminal.

The total project would cost Rs 3,700 crore and involves construction of a 1,114km-long pipeline from the LNG terminal at Puthuvypeen to Mangalore and Bangalore. In Kerala the pipeline will pass through Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, and Kasaragod.

Some private land owners have objected against the pipeline in some areas on the route beyond Amabalamukal and Udyogamandal areas. Collectors in these districts have been directed to resolve the issue and make land available for the project by May 31, Somasundaram said.
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Kochi LNG terminal might further double capacity
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With dependence on imported natural gas (LNG) on the rise, interest in creating infrastructure at ports — such as terminals and re-gasification units — has seen a spurt.

This dependence on imported gas is due to continued drop in domestic gas output, and no new producing fields are expected to come on stream in the near term.

The country's re-gasification capacity will reach around 50 million tonne (mt) annually by 2016-17, double of the current capacity, reveal industry estimates.

The country's third LNG terminal was commissioned at Ratnagiri in March.

The re-gasification capacity in the country is 13.6 mt annually — 10 mt at Petronet LNG's Dahej terminal and 3.6 mt at Shell's Hazira terminal. Both Dahej and Hazira ports belong to the Gujarat Maritime Board, belonging to the State Government. The recently commissioned Ratnagiri Gas and Power Pvt. Ltd is expected to take the capacity to 5 mt by 2013-14 from the present 2 mt. The port, where the terminal is located, belongs to the Maharashtra Government. In fact, to meet the growing domestic demand the gas importers are augmenting capacities.

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While Petronet LNG is looking at taking the Dahej terminal capacity to 12.5 mt by 2013 and to 15 mt by 2015-16, Shell is also increasing the capacity to 5 mt by 2013-14.

Another 5 mt capacity is being added at Kochi by Petronet LNG which is expected to double. The port infrastructure belongs to the Cochin Port Trust, a Central Government entity.

Insofar as future terminals are concerned, GSPC-Adani plans to add a 5 mt terminal at Mundra, a port infrastructure of the State Government. With all operational ports located on the west coast, companies are now looking at the east coast for setting up LNG terminals.

The possible ports are Dhamra, Gangavaram and Ennore. IndianOil Corporation proposes to set up a 5 mt terminal at Ennore Port, the only corporatised port under the Central Government.

It has signed an MoU with the Ennore Port, though there is no clarity on the timeline.
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