Reliance Industries wants the state to chalk out a concrete policy before investing

(Business Standard) -- Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Group has revived its interest in West Bengal, after a hiatus of nearly three years. After the Mamata Banerjee-led government took charge, Ambani spoke at length with West Bengal commerce and industry minister Partha Chatterjee and discussed a range of proposals from food processing and gems & jewellery to refineries and Haldia Petrochemicals.

Reliance Industries (RIL) officials, however, pointed out that unless the state government chalked out a concrete policy, proactively, the company does not see investments in petrochemicals or refining coming through.

⌠There is enough in the project pipeline, an official said on condition of anonymity. An liquefied natural gas terminal in the east coast could be considered, though, he said.

Reliance's interest in Bengal is not new. Ever since Haldia Petrochemicals project was conceived during Jyoti Basu's tenure, Reliance had been keen to get involved. Mukesh Ambani had come down to meet former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and industry minister Nirupam Sen in 2006, soon after the Assembly elections. Reliance has small parcels of land for its agri-retail plan, conceived during Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's time. It had announced an investment of Rs 4,000 crore for its agri-retail plan in 2006, but had to put it on the back burner in the wake of hurdles posed by the Forward Bloc, a constituent of the Left Front.


Qatofine Company to resume operations at its LLDPE plant

(Arabian Oil and Gas) -- Qatofine Company Limited is expected to resume operations at its linear low density polyethylene plant, on 5 August, according to Saudi web portal Argaam. The plant, located in Messaieed Industrial City in Qatar, has a production capacity of 450 KTa of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), was shut down on 12 July due to a technical problem, which was supposed to be fixed on the same day but it was delayed till the 5th.

Qatofine is a joint venture between QAPCO (63%), Total Petrochemicals France (36%) and Qatar Petroleum (1%).

The project's cost was estimated at USD 1.3bn and started commercial production in May 2010, and exported the first shipment in July 2010.


Russia still top oil producer at 10.2 million bpd

(Arabian Oil and Gas) -- Russia matched post-Soviet record oil production recorded in May this year by pumping 10.26 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude in July, according to a Reuters report. Russia also pumped 10.26 million barrels per day (bpd) in October 2010. The June rate was 10.2 million bpd.

The country remains the world's top oil producer, with rival Saudi Arabia rapidly closing the gap as increased production comes on stream.

By comparison, Saudi Arabia pumped as much as 9.8 million bpd in June, an increase of as much as 900,000 bpd in response to the loss of Libyan supply after it failed to persuade OPEC of the need for a coordinated increase, said the report.

But while the kingdom had the spare capacity to ramp up production by nearly 10 percent in a month, Russia's top oil companies are struggling to grow by just a few percent a year.


Dow plans two new sites for plastic encapsulant films

(Plastics Today) -- Dow Chemical Company introduced its Enlight polyolefin encapsulant film technology just one year ago but already demand has grown to the point the company needs new capacity, and globally. As a result, the plastics and chemicals supplier now plans to add capacity for these films in Germany and Thailand to support the extrusion line already running in Findlay, OH.

Dow (Philadelphia, PA) says the new lines will be installed at its facilities in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, and in Schkopau, Germany, with both to be built in 2012. "Converting solar energy into an efficient source of electricity is an area of expertise Dow will continue to develop," says Brij Sinha, global market manager for photovoltaics, performance plastics. "Demand for photovoltaic modules has been growing at about 30% per year, and is expected to continue at this rate for the next several years." The Findlay facility began production late last year.


HDPE film grade prices up in the Russian market.

(MRC) -- In early August, prices of HDPE film grade in Russia slightly increased after decline in July. Further pricing will depend on scheduled shutdowns for maintenance and production plans for August - September, according to ICIS-MRC Price report.

In August, Kazanorgsyntez reduced quotas for the domestic market of HDPE film grade, and since September 7, the company will stop for scheduled maintenance.

Nizhnekamskneftechem shifted the start date of HDPE film grade production for the second August decade, besides pyrolysis unit will be stopped for maintenance in September, so PE film grade production will be reduced. Gazprom Neftechem Salavat continues to stand idle due to technical problems of HDPE production.

HDPE film grade offers in the market are still sufficient, but in some regions a slight price growth could be seen. Kazanorgsyntez increased price of 293 PE to RUB 57.300 - 57.500/t, including VAT, FCA Kazan. Because of nearly complete absence of proposals of RE6148S by Nizhnekamskneftechem (Tatarstan), the price increased to RUB 62.000/t, including VAT, FCA. PE offers in Moscow are more than adequate, and the price level is fixed in the range of RUB 58.000 - 58.5000/t, including VAT, FCA.

Individual market players consider that scheduled shutdown for maintenance of Kazanorgsyntez can increase HDPE film grade demand, which will directly affect the price level.