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BPCL to invest over $740 million in petrochemicals push

December 4, 2014
(Reuters) – Bharat Petroleum Corp on Wednesday said it will invest 45.88 billion rupees ($741.44 million) to diversify into the petrochemicals business, a move that will help the state refiner expand beyond refining and retailing and boost margins.
BPCL will produce niche petrochemical products,that are predominantly imported into the country, at its Kochi refinery using propylene that will be available once the ongoing refinery expansion is completed, the company said in a statement.
The state-owned company plans to boost capacity at its Kochi refinery to 310,000 barrels per day (bpd) from the current 190,000 bpd by May 2016.
The project proposal will now be submitted for obtaining environmental clearance and the petrochemical unit is expected to come on stream during financial year 2018-2019, BPCL said.
($1 = 61.88 rupees)
(Reporting by Aman Shah in Mumbai; Editing by Sunil Nair)

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