PM Modi Inaugurates OPaL's 30,000-Cr Petrochemical Complex
New Delhi, India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi committed ONGC Petro additions Ltd (OPaL) petrochemicals complex, located at Dahej (Bharuch, Gujarat) to the nation.

OPaL is a joint venture company promoted by ONGC, Gail and GSPC, implementing a grass root integrated petrochemical complex located in Special Economic Zone (SEZ) under Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR) at Dahej, Gujarat.

This is the single largest petrochemical plant in India and at full capacity, will yearly produce 14 lakh metric tonnes of polymers - viz. linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), high density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP) - and 5 lakh metric tonnes of chemicals such as benzene, butadiene, and pyrolysis gasoline. The product warehouse is one of the largest in India with an area of 128,250 square metres.

OPaL would use ONGC’s captive feed of C2+ streams (ie, ethane, propane and butane) from C2-C3 extraction plant, and naphtha from Hazira & Uran to produce polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). Set up with an investment of ` 30,000 crore, the plant is strategically located in the petrochemicals and chemical hub of the country with excellent connectivity, creating an integrated ecosystem.

The project will further result in the growth of new downstream plastic processing industries in the country, generating further investment of ` 40,000 crore and over 20,000 indirect employment opportunities, giving major thrust to government’s Make in India programme. The increased use of polymers will also reduce burden on traditional materials like wood, paper, metal and will help in conserving natural resources like water and energy and promote food safety & food conservation.

The average per capita consumption of polymers in India is 10 kg, compared to a world average of 32 kg. There is tremendous potential for growth of the sector catalysed by growth drivers such as increasing middle class, higher disposable income and urbanisation. The petrochemical sector in the country has witnessed a robust annual growth of 10-12 per cent in the last decade, and is expected to grow at a rate of 12-15 per cent in the next decade.