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Kuwait to invest in India ONGC Mangalore and Daheij projects

KPC to take share in OMPL and OPAL petrochemicals

The national oil companies (NOCs) Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) and the Indian Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) are about to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) by which the Kuwaiti company should take share in two major petrochemical projects at Mangalore and at Daheij in India.

In Mangalore, ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Ltd (OMPL) is planning to expand again the refinery and build the largest aromatic complex in India, while in Daheij, ONGC Petro Additions Ltd (OPAL) is working on a multi-billion olefins and aromatics complex.

ONGC_Mangalore_OMPL_Daheij_OPAL_Projects_MapThese downstream projects are part of ONGC Perspective Plan 2030, including also the fourth expansion of the Mangalore Refinery from the current 15 million tonnes to 18 million tonnes per year.

These ONGC projects are intended to help India to catch up with is bubbling domestic demand for more and more advanced hydrocarbon products. 

Kuwait is the fourth largest supplier of crude oil to India after Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Venezuela.

With KPC investing in these OMPL and OPAL projects, the two countries expect to somehow balance their exchanges.

Located on the southwest coast of India, in the State of Karnataka, the ONGC Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemical Ltd (MRPL) saw its last expansion completed in 2012.

Now ONGC is considering to increase again capacity with a fourth expansion in order to provide the feedstock to the greenfield aromatics project to be added by OMPL, adjacent to the Mangalore refinery.

ONGC_Mangalore_Refinery&Aromatics_OMPL_ProjectIn Mangalore, this OMPL Aromatics project should require $1.5 billion capital expenditure and should include:

 – The largest paraxylene production unit in India with 900,000 tonnes per year (t/y) of capacity

 – A benzene production unit with 275,000 t/y of capacity.

According to the terms of the signed agreement and after the completion of the ongoing due diligence study, KPC should buy stake in the ONGC Mangalore OMPL Refinery & Aromatics project so that the working interests should be shared between:

 – ONGC 46% is the operator

 – KPC 26%

 – Qatar Petroleum andDubai Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) in the United Arab Emirates jointly 26%

 – MRPL 3% 

In parallel to ONGC Mangalore project, Kuwait Petroleum is considering to take also 26% working interests in the ONGC Daheij OPAL Petrochemical project.

OMPL Mangalore and OPAL Daheij projects in design

The OMPL Mangalore Refinery and Aromatics project and the OPAL Daheij Petrochemical project are at the design phase.

With more than $5 billion capital expenditure, ONGC is planning to build in the Daheij Special Economical Zone, within the Gujarat State along the northwest coast of India a petrochemical complex including:

ONGC_Daheij_OPAL_Petrochemical_Project – Ethylene cracker of 1.1 million t/y capacity

 – Swing and dedicated polyethylene production units with 720,000 t/y total capacity of Linear low density polyethylene (LLDP) and high density polyethyelene (HDPE)

 – Propylene production unit with 340,000 t/y capacity

 – Benzene production unit with 135,000 t/y capacity

 – Butadiene production unit with 95,000 t/y capacity

 Established in 2006, the working interests in the ONGC Daheij OPAL Petrochemical Complex should be shared between:

 – ONGC 26% is the operator

 – KPC 26%

 – Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) 15.5%

 – Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) 5%

 – Plus at least one additional partner 27.5%

ONGC is still looking for a strategic alliance with a foreign company to take the remaining shares of the project and provide its licences and technology expertise to develop such a large complex in India.

ONGC and Kuwait Petroleum expect the Mangalore Refinery and Aromatics OMPL project and the Daheij Petrochemical OPAL project to come on stream in 2015, but most likely the size and complexity of these projects may delay the first commercial operations to 2017.

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