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Reliance becomes second largest producer of para-xylene globally

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Energy and petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) today said it had successfully and flawlessly commissioned the third and last crystallization train of its para-xylene (PX) complex at Jamnagar in Gujarat.
 
With this, RIL's PX capacity has more than doubled, making it the world's second largest producer of PX with about 11% of global production.
 
The plant is built with state-of-the-art crystallization technology from BP which is highly energy efficient, a press release from the company said.
 
Pursuant to installation and mechanical completion of the entire PX complex in the previous quarter, Reliance commissioned the second phase of PX comprising the second crystallization train (Train 2) and Trans-alkylation and Aromatic Extraction units at Jamnagar in April this year. 
 
Train 3, which was at an advanced stage of commissioning, has now been successfully started, the release added.
 
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Reliance commissions Phase 2 of Para-xylene project at Jamnagar

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Energy and petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) today said it had successfully commisisoned the second and final phase of its Para-xylene (PXP project at Jamnagar in Gujarat.
 
With the commissioning of the project, which includes PX crystallizers trains, trans-alkylation and aromatic extraction units, RIL is poised to emerge as the second largest producer of para-xylene in the world, a press release from the company said.
 
The release said Reliance is executing major projects in its energy and materials chain at Jamnagar, covering para-xylene, cracker complex along with downstream plants and gasification. 
 
"Jamnagar is one the largest contemporary project sites globally with some of the largest and most complex process units ever built anywhere in this industry. These projects will add significant value to Reliance’s Refining & Petrochemical business and enable Jamnagar complex to achieve energy self-sufficiency. The benefits of integration at the Jamnagar complex will set a new paradigm of scale and value addition in the Refining and Petrochemicals industry," it said.
 
"Para-xylene, cracker and downstream projects (MEG, Linear Low density and Low density Polyethylene) as well as gasification which is linked to RIL’s DTA refinery, have now been installed, mechanically complete and are in various stages of pre-commissioning and commissioning.
 
In December 2016, RIL had announced successful commissioning of the first phase of the PX project, comprising Train 1 of the PX plant. Train 2 as part of second phase has been commissioned earlier this month and the last Train 3, is at an advanced stage of commissioning and will begin production later this quarter, the release said.
 
According to it, the PX plant is built with state-of-the-art crystallization technology from BP which is highly energy efficient. With the commissioning of this plant, RIL’s PX capacity will be more than double. Reliance will emerge as the world’s second largest producer of PX with about 11% of global production, it said.
 
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The release said the cracker project had a unique configuration as the  world scale plant is tightly integrated with RIL’s refineries and will use refinery off-gases as feedstock. The project comprises 1.5 MMTPA ethylene cracker along with downstream facilities for producing LDPE, LLDPE and MEG. This cracker will have one of the lowest cost positions globally. Additionally, flexibility to crack propane will help optimize feed mix further in a volatile market environment, it said.
 
Reliance has completed installation of cracker and downstream projects at Jamnagar in the previous quarter and pre-commissioning and start-up activities are in full swing, it said.
 
The release said gasification, one of the largest clean-fuel initiatives in the world, would make the Jamnagar complex highly energy efficient with the lowest energy cost for any integrated refinery and petrochemicals facility globally.
 
The installation and mechanical completion for the gasification project linked to DTA refinery has been completed in the previous quarter and the pre-commissioning and start-up activities are on in full swing. The installation and mechanical completion for the gasification linked to RIL’s SEZ refinery has also been substantially achieved and pre-commissioning activities are expected to start in the next quarter, the release added.
 
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Reliance-Sibur JV plans to set up halogenated butyl rubber unit at Jamnagar

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Energy and petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and Russian petrochemical giant Sibur signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the recently-concluded Vibrant Gujarat Summit at Gandhinagar to set up South Asia’s first butyl rubber halogenation unit at RIL’s integrated petrochemicals site at Jamnagar in Gujarat.
 
The unit will produce 60,000 MT of halogenated butyl rubber every year under Reliance Sibur Elastomers Private Limited (RSEPL) – a joint venture (JV) of which RIL owns 74.9%, and Sibur 25.1%, a press release from RIL said.
 
Apart from the planned halogenation unit, the JV owns a 1,20,000 MT per annum butyl rubber plant, currently under construction at the same venue which will provide the necessary butyl rubber feed to the halogenation unit.
 
Mr Nikhil Meswani, Executive Director, RIL, said, “RSEPL’s halogenated butyl rubber plant will be well-poised to capitalise on the significant surge in regional demand in tyre and pharmaceutical industries. India is expected to see a quantum jump in tyre production, with Indian and international tyre majors gearing up to make capital investments of Rs. 15,000 crore. The halogenated butyl rubber demand is expected to grow at a rapid pace of 8-10% CAGR over the next few years, driven by increasing customer preference for tubeless tyres in India and neighbouring countries, and significant investments in the manufacture of pharmaceutical closures and tank inner liners.”
 
“India offers attractive investment opportunities given the growing local demand for synthetic rubbers and Gujarat’s favourable investment environment coupled with the well-developed infrastructure and raw material availability at a world-class Industrial site owned by RIL. Sibur has a long track record of successful cooperation with RIL and Gujarat’s government, which has provided us with a solid basis for expanding our footprint in India,” said Mr. Dmitry Konov, Chairman of Sibur’s Management Board.
 
Halogenated butyl rubber is a key ingredient for manufacturing inner liner of tubeless tyre. 
 
With the Indian automobile trend aligning with global trends, penetration of tubeless tyres is expected to accelerate in the Indian market, resulting in an increased demand of halogenated butyl rubber. The ingredient is also used in the manufacture of pharma stoppers, inner liner of storage tanks, and so on, the release said.
 
Construction of the butyl rubber plant is in full swing at Jamnagar and it is expected to be commissioned in 2018.
 
Production from RSEPL will substitute imports and reduce outflow of valuable foreign exchange from India, providing impetus to the government’s Make in India initiative.
 
Sibur is a vertically integrated gas processing and petrochemicals company. It owns and operates Russia’s largest gas processing business in terms of associated petroleum gas processing volumes, and is a leader in the Russian petrochemicals industry.
 
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Reliance Industries commissions new paraxylene plant at Jamnagar in Gujarat

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Energy and petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) today said that it had successfully commissioned the first phase of its new paraxylene (PXP) plant at Jamnagar in Gujarat.
 
The announcement came on the birth anniversary of RIL founder Chairman Dhirubhai H. Ambani.
 
A press release from the company said the plant, with capacity of 2.2 MMTPA, is built with state-of-the-art crystallization technology from BP which is highly energy efficient and environment friendly. 
 
With the commissioning of this plant, RIL’s PX capacity will more than double from 2.0 MMTPA to 4.2 MMTPA, it said.
 
On commissioning of entire PX capacity, Reliance will be the world’s second largest PX producer with 9% of global PX capacity and 11% share of global production, it said.
 
The new PX capacity will add value to the output from refineries and improve the profitability of the Jamnagar complex, the release said.
 
PX is the building block for the entire polyester chain. The new capacity will complete the integration within Reliance’s polyester value chain, leading to improved margins and also strengthen its position in polyester industry globally, it said.
 
“Commissioning of the new PX plant marks beginning of the culmination of a series of projects including the refinery off-gas cracker, ethane import project and petcoke gasification. These projects are part of the largest contemporary investment, in excess of Rs. 100,000 crore, in Refining and Petrochemicals sector anywhere in the world. Our projects are on schedule and at an advanced stage of mechanical completion. The new PX capacity takes us a step closer to being among the top 10 petrochemical players globally. This is a fitting tribute to our visionary Founder Chairman Shri Dhirubhai H. Ambani,” said RIL Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh D. Ambani.
 
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BJP MP Poonamben Madaam injured after falling into drain in Jamnagar

 
BJP MP Poonamben Maadam hurt in fall into drain in Jamnagar
Poonamben Maadam, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of Parliament from Jamnagar in Gujarat suffered injuries when she fell into an eight-foot deep drain while interacting with slum dwellers during a demolition drive by municipal authorities in her constituency today.
 
Even as Ms. Maadam was talking to some people, a walkway built across the drain as a sort of bridge for some of the residents, on which she was standing, suddenly gave way and she and a few others fell into the drain.
 
Several people, including men of the fire brigade, who were a the scene, jumped into the drain and pulled her out and the others. She was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for her injuries. Later, she was flown to Mumbai for further treatment, sources said.
 
According to them, the MP had suffered a cut on her head and injured her shoulder and foot, but there were no fractures. The injuries were not of a serious nature, they said.
 
Ms. Maadam had gone to the Jalaram slum around 11 am to meet residents who were opposing the demolition campaign. The residents and officials of the Jamnagar Municipal Corporation had got into an argumentover the demolition and she had rushed to the area to talk to them and help find a way out.
 
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RIL to shut down one crude distillation unit for maintenance for three weeks at Jamnagar refinery

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Energy and petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) today said that its SEZ Refinery at Jamnagar was planning to shut down one crude distillation unit for routine maintenance and inspection activities from May 1 for about three weeks.
 
In a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange, the company said the other three crude distillation units, including all secondary processing units, were expected to operate at normal throughput at the Jamnagar refinery complex.
 
"The company does not anticipate any impact on its commercial commitments," it added.
 
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President's Standard presented to 119 Helicopter Unit, Colours to 28 Equipment Depot of IAF

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President Pranab Mukherjee presented the President’s Standard to 119 Helicopter Unit and Colours to 28 Equipment Depot of the Indian Air Force (IAF) here today.
 
In his speech on the occasion, Mr Mukherjee said the IAF had been fulfilling its role of protecting the Indian skies and safeguarding the sovereignty of the nation and also providing aid to citizens during natural calamities.
 
“The resilience and tenacity displayed by the Air Warriors is a great source of encouragement and a matter of pride for the nation,” he added.
 
“The massive relief operations undertaken by the IAF during many natural calamities in the past are all etched in our memories. Such operations are shining examples of the fortitude and determination of its gallant air warriors,” the President said.
 
“India is firmly committed to peace and equality for which we need an effective deterrence and a strong defence force,” he added.
 
While the nation is striving hard for all-round economic growth and social empowerment of its citizens, it remains equally focused on building capacity to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, he said.
 
The 119 Helicopter Unit was raised in Guwahati in March 1972 as ‘Angels of Mercy’ with Mi-8 helicopters. In the initial years of its formation, the Unit flew extensively in support of counter insurgency operations in Nagaland and ‘Op Falcon’ in Arunachal Pradesh.
 
It moved to Air Force Station Sulur in February 1988 and was immediately drawn into the battlegrounds of Sri Lanka in ‘Op Pawan’. Subsequently the Helicopter Unit was rechristened as ‘The Stallions’.
 
The Unit took part in ‘Op Cactus’ in November 1988 and played a major role during the 'Atlantique Crisis' of August 1999 and ‘Op Black Tornado’ after the terrorist attack on Mumbai in November 2008. The unit now operates the newly acquired Mi-17 V5 helicopters.
 
"‘The Stallions’ have time and again undertaken rescue and relief missions living up to the motto of "Apatsu Mitram” meaning "Friends in Distress” and continue to be the harbingers of hope and happiness to distressed people,” the President said.
 
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The recent Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief Operations undertaken by the Unit in Gujarat and Nepal stand testimony to this fact. The commendable performance of the personnel of the Unit during various operations has been recognised and appreciated in the form of gallantry awards.
 
“I am sure ‘The Stallions’ will continue to excel in the times to come,” he added.
 
The 28 Equipment Depot has completed 62 glorious years in service of the nation. This is the only kind of unit in the Indian Air Force which deals with all facets of air armament stores.
 
Established at Amla on September 24, 1953, the depot has come a long way in transforming and projecting itself as a one-stop solution for armament issues, he said.
 
The depot played a significant role in the operations of 1965, 1971 and 1999 by providing huge quantity of explosive stores in serviceable condition to the units engaged in the operations.
 
“It would not be wrong to say that this depot provides the lethality to the fighter and bomber squadrons of the Indian Air Force,” he added.
 
In the years gone by, the depot has been a trend-setter in innovation and has successfully modified the life-expired live missiles into its training version.
 
“I am sure the expertise gained by the depot in the field of armament will go a long way in meeting the operational requirements of the Indian Air Force,” Mr Mukherjee said.
 
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Mukherjee to present standard to 119 HU and colours to 28 ED of IAF on Friday

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President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a two-day visit to Jamnagar in Gujarat from today, an official press release said here yesterday.
 
During the visit, Mr. Mukherjee will present the Standard to 119 HU and Colours to 28 ED of Indian Air Force (IAF) at Air Force Station, Jamnagar on March 4, the release added.
 
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RIL to shut down CDU at Jamnagar SEZ refinery for 10 days for maintenance

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Energy and petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) today said that it would shut down one crude distillation unit (CDU) at the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) unit of its Jamnagar refinery for routine maintenance and inspection activities for about 10 days in the first half of July. 
 
This opportunity would also be utilized to carry out necessary modifications to improve the reliability and performance of the unit, a press release from RIL said.
 
The other three crude distillation units including major secondary processing units are planned to operate at normal throughput. 
 
"The planned maintenance turnaround at the refinery is not expected to have any impact on commercial commitments," the release added.
 
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BHEL commissions 250 MW thermal unit in Gujarat

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The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said it had successfully commissioned a 250 MW coal-based thermal power plant in Gujarat.
 
The unit has been commissioned at Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited’s (GSECL) Sikka Thermal Power Station (TPS) by BHEL, on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis, a press release from the company said.
 
Sikka TPS is located near Jamnagar, one of the major industrial towns of Gujarat. Two units of 120 MW each, supplied and executed earlier by BHEL are already in operation at Sikka. Another 250 MW unit, presently under execution at Sikka TPS, is also in an advanced stage of commissioning, the release said.
 
GSECL has also recently entrusted BHEL with an order for setting up an 800 MW supercritical coal-based project at Wanakbori, on EPC basis, it added.
 
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RIL carries out maintenance shutdown of paraxylene unit at Jamnagar

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Energy and petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has taken a planned maintenance shutdown of one of its three paraxylene units at Jamnagar in Gujarat.
 
The scheduled shutdown period is approximately for a period of six weeks, a press release from the company said.
 
"This shut down will also be utilized to improve reliability and performance of the unit. The other two paraxylene units will continue to operate normally," it said.
 
RIL has a total capacity of 1.8 million tonnes per annum of paraxylene at 
Jamnagar, the release added.
 
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RIL to shut down crude distillation unit at Jamnagar refinery for planned maintenance

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Energy and petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) today said it would shut down one of its four crude distillation units for maintenance and inspection (M&I) activities from March 20 for about three and a half weeks.
 
"As a normal practice, opportunity would be utilized to carry out necessary modifications to improve the reliability and performance of the unit," a press release from the company said.
 
"This planned shutdown period will also be utilized for catalyst replacement of VGO and Naphtha hydrotreater. The rest of the refinery will continue at normal levels of operations," the release added.
 
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Essar Projects secures Rs 70 crore sewage treatment project in Gujarat

 
Essar Projects (EPL), an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor headquartered in Dubai, has through its Indian subsidiary Essar Projects (India) Ltd. secured a project from Jamnagar Municipal Corporation (JMC) in Gujarat, involving construction of a 70 MLD sewage treatment plant (STP) and its allied infrastructure along with operation of the plant for 15 years.
 
A press release from the company, a part of the Essar Group, said this is a path-breaking project since it incentivises sale of treated water to industries. 
 
To facilitate these sales, Essar Projects will invest an additional Rs 80 crore to create the necessary pipeline infrastructure for sale of water to industries in and around Jamnagar. Both projects shall be completed in two years, it said.
 
Mr Alwyn Bowden, President & CEO, Essar Projects said, “This project provides a platform for launch of our water, sewage and solid waste business. While the sector is at a nascent stage in India today, this win shall open up a huge opportunity for these businesses, owing to rapidly growing urbanisation of the country."
 
"These sectors are well supported by government initiatives such as JNNURM and have a great future in India," he added.
 
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Essar Oil exits CDR mechanism, refinances $ 500 m through ECB, swaps

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Private sector oil refiner Essar Oil Limited (EOL) today said it had completed the process for exiting the Corporate Debt Restructuring (CDR) loan facility set up in December 2004 to help cover the construction of its Vadinar refinery in Gujarat. 

The CDR loan facility has been replaced with a new debt facility of about Rs 9,100 crore on commercial terms from a similar group of lenders, a press release from the company said.
 
“The CDR exit marks a significant step forward for Essar Oil. Complete stabilising of our expanded capacity paves the way for us to move forward positively to maximize value for all our stakeholders. Capacity expansion and high complexity have already improved our profitability," Mr Lalit Gupta, Essar Oil Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, said.
 
Mr Suresh Jain, Chief Financial Officer, Essar Oil, said, “We are thankful to our lenders for their continued faith in us. The CDR exit will lead to greater operational and financial flexibility for the organization. We have begun the process of swapping our costly rupee debt with cheaper dollar loans that will lower our interest cost significantly, improve our cash flow, and strengthen the balance sheet.”
 
In addition, as part of dollarization of its rupee term debt, EOL, a part of the Essar Group, has refinanced Rs 2,611 crore of rupee term loans into equivalent foreign currency debt of $ 481 million through external commercial borrowings and swaps.
 
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This will help in reduction of long-term interest cost, the release said. The company had received Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approval of $ 2.27 billion to replace its high cost rupee debt with ECBs, and now with the CDR exit, the company will be able to refinance the remaining rupee loans to ECB, it said.
 
Vadinar Refinery, which commenced commercial production in May 2008 with a capacity of 10.5  million metric tonnes per year (220,000 barrels per day) and complexity of 6.1, now has a capacity of 20 mmtpa, or 405,000 bpd and complexity of 11.8.  
 
This makes the fully integrated refinery India’s second largest single location refinery and amongst the most complex globally.  With increased complexity, Essar Oil is able to take over 85% of ultra heavy and heavy crude in its crude diet and yet produce higher grade products like Euro IV and Euro V compliant Gasoline and Gasoil to cater to the domestic and international markets, the release added.
 
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Construction begins on RSEPL butyl rubber plant in Jamnagar

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Reliance Sibur Elastomers Private Limited (RSEPL), a joint venture (JV) between Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and SIBUR today began construction of its new butyl rubber plant, in Jamnagar, Gujarat.

The ceremony was attended by SIBUR CEO Dmitry Konov; Russian Consul-General Alexy V Novikov, RIL Executive Director Nikhil Meswani and senior officials of the two companies.
 
“Reliance is excited to join a select group of global Butyl Rubber producers. India, as a fast 
emerging auto hub, is a vast market for these products. We look forward to serving this 
market," Mr Meswani said.
 
Mr Konov said:"India is one of the most attractive petrochemicals markets right now due to the significant investment in infrastructure which has spurred demand. SIBUR’s technologies together with Reliance’s infrastructure and resources will help to establish a facility that will meet the demand for butyl rubber in Asian market.” 
 
When commissioned in 2015, the new plant will be India’s only manufacturer of butyl rubber and the JV will be amongst the world’s top five manufacturers of butyl rubber.  
 
RIL and SIBUR signed a technology licence agreement facilitating use of SIBUR's proprietary butyl rubber production technology at the new facility. The licensing package includes development of a Basic Engineering Package (BEP) and full-time provision of highly-experienced technical personnel on both project and operational stages.  RIL will supply monomer and provide the JV with world-class infrastructure and utilities. 
 
A press release from Reliance said the project is progressing as per the original schedule. The BEP has already been completed in Nov 2012, and Detailed Engineering is underway. At present, RSEPL is placing orders for long-lead equipment. When complete, the Jamnagar plant will have the capacity to produce 100,000 tonnes annually. 
 
Reliance has already started market seeding butyl rubber from SIBUR in India. The 
response is very encouraging, the release added.
 
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Rahul Gandhi lashes out at BJP, says Modi pursuing his own dreams

 
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Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi today hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Gujarat and accused Chief Minister Narendra Modi of pursuing his own dreams and not listening to the voices of the people of the state.

Addressing three election meetings on the last day of campaigning for the first phase of the
elections to the Gujarat Legislative Assembly, to be held on December 13, Mr Gandhi also attacked the BJP for allegedly adopting double standards on issues such as foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail trade.
 
Making his first appearance in the election campaign in the state, Mr Gandhi addressed election rallies at Jamnagar and Amreli in Saurashtra and at Sanand in Ahmedabad.
 
He said the BJP had advocated FDI in retail trade when it was in power, but had opposed it when the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government announced the decision. 
 
Mr Gandhi said FDI in multi-brand retail trade would be beneficial for farmers and consumers in the country.
 
He said the BJP had no regard for the democratic process and said the main Opposition party did not allow Parliament to function. 
 
Mr Gandhi said he drew his political inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi, who belonged to Gujarat and who had stressed the need to listen to the voices of every person, rich or poor, irrespective of the region, religion and caste he belonged to.
 
He said the UPA government and the Congress governments before it had taken several steps to empower the poor, such as the green revolution, the nationalisation of banks, the telecom revolution and the implementation of the right to information (RTI).
 
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He said the UPA was aware that implementing the RTI Act would bring to light many cases of corruption which were hidden earlier but had still gone ahead with it so as to empower the people.
 
In contrast, he said the common man had no voice in Gujarat today, with the state government not bothering to listen to the people and Mr Modi following his own dreams.
 
He said a good politician would listen to the people's voices and make their dreams his own.
 
Mr Gandhi also sought to debunk the theory that Gujarat had progressed because of Mr Modi's leadership and told the gathering that the state had taken rapid strides only because of their own hard work and not because of one individual.
 
Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are among the other senior Congress leaders who addressed election meetings in the state in the past few days.
 
The BJP's top campaigners included Lal Krishna Advani and Sushma Swaraj.
 
Campaigning came to an end for the first phase of elections this evening in 87 constituencies, which will go to the polls on December 13.
 
The second round of polling will be held in 95 constituencies on December 17. Counting of votes will be taken up on December 20.
 
In all, 846 candidates representing 28 political parties are in the fray in the first phase of polling.
 
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Reliance selects Foster Wheeler for its paraxylene project in Jamnagar

Energy and petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) today said it had selected Foster Wheeler, a global engineering and construction company and power equipment supplier, as an engineering and procurement services contractor for its paraxylene project.

This is part of the expansion project being executed at RIL’s world-scale Jamnagar refining and petrochemical complex in Gujarat, on the west coast of India, a press release from the company said.
 
A press release from Foster Wheeler said its scope of work will include detailed engineering, licensor coordination and procurement services for the new paraxylene plant. 
 
The project will be executed from Foster Wheeler’s Indian and UK operations, the release added.
 
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RIL selects Technip for its ethylene cracker project in Jamnagar

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Energy and petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) today said it had selected Technip as a technology supplier and engineering contractor to implement its Refinery Off-Gas Cracker (ROGC) project. 
 
This is part of the expansion project being executed at RIL’s world-scale Jamnagar refining and petrochemical complex in Gujarat, on the west coast of India, a press release from the company said.
 
The ROGC plant will be amongst the largest ethylene crackers in the world and will be using refinery off-gas as feedstock.
 
The products from the plant will be utilized for the new downstream petrochemical plants being built at Jamnagar, the release added.
 
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Indian Coast Guard hovercraft H-187 commissioned at Okha in Gujarat

The Director General, Coast Guard, Vice Admiral M.P. Muralidharan speaking after commissioning Indian Coast Guard Hovercraft H-187, at Okha, Gujarat on June 11, 2012.
The Director General, Coast Guard, Vice Admiral M.P. Muralidharan speaking after commissioning Indian Coast Guard Hovercraft H-187, at Okha, Gujarat on June 11, 2012.

Indian Coast Guard hovercraft H-187, the first of the series of 12 Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs) designed and built by Griffon Hoverwork Limited (GHL), United Kingdom, was commissioned by Vice Admiral M P Muralidharan, the Director General of the Indian Coast Guard, at Okha in Gujarat today.

The commissioning ceremony was witnessed by Deputy Inspector General B S Yadav, Commander Coast Guard Region (North-West) and other dignitaries from Central and State Government. 
 
The 21 metre-long ACV displaces 31 tonnes and can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots. It is capable of undertaking multifarious tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and rendering assistance to small boats/craft in distress at sea. 
 
The hovercraft will be based at Okha under the administrative and operational control of the Commander Coast Guard Region (North-West). 
 
It is commanded by Commandant Anurag Kaushik, who is a communication specialist. The hovercraft has a crew of two officers and 11 personnel, an official press release added.
 
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Essar Oil completes optimisation project at Vadinar refinery, capacity hiked to 20 MMTPA

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Private sector refiner Essar OIl today said it had completed an optimisation project which has taken the capacity of its Vadinar refinery in Gujarat to 20 MMTPA or 405,000 barrels per day.

A press release from the company, a part of the Essar Group, said the project had been completed four months ahead of schedule.
 
According to it, Essar Oil had completed the refinery expansion project to raise its nameplate capacity to 18MMTPA from 10.5 MMTPA on March 29th 2012, with an investment of Rs 9100 crore. 
 
For the optimisation project, the company invested an additional Rs 1,700 crore, taking the total investment at Vadinar Refinery to approximately Rs 24,000 crore.  The company now accounts for about 10 per cent of India’s total refining capacity.
 
The release said Essar Oil has set up the refinery at a low capital cost of $12,746 per barrel, which is about half the global average.
 
“We are very happy to announce the completion of our optimisation project much ahead of schedule. This is a testimony to the untiring commitment of the Essar Oil team as well as teams from other Essar Group companies who worked seamlessly under highly demanding conditions. With this commissioning, our capex cycle has now come to an end and we are fully geared to deliver the value of our investments to all our stakeholders,” Mr Lalit Gupta, MD & CEO, Essar Oil, said.
 
 “It is a proud moment for us as we have proved our mettle by commissioning and stabilising production of such a large facility in a record time and ahead of schedule. Our operating costs are amongst the lowest worldwide and with the completion of optimisation project we have significantly moved up in the refining value chain,” said Mr C. Manoharan, Director – Refinery, Essar Oil.
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Under the optimisation project, Visbreaker Unit has been converted into Crude Distillate Unit to process ultra heavy / tough crude on standalone basis, which will drive significant improvement in economics. Secondary units required to support additional throughput along with other supporting infrastructure (pipelines, tankages, blending facility etc) are also completed as a part of the project, the release said.
 
The release said the Vadinar Refinery now had the capability to process much heavier crude diet. The share of ultra heavy crude will go up to 60%, and as a result, the overall share of heavy and ultra heavy crude will go upto 80% of the refinery's total crude basket. The company has already entered into long-term crude sourcing contract with global suppliers, including several national oil companies from Latin America.
 
In terms of product yield, the Vadinar Refinery now has the flexibility to produce higher value, high-quality products, including gasoline (petrol) and gas oil (diesel) conforming to Euro IV and Euro V norms, that have growing acceptance in both domestic and international markets. Close to 80% of its production will now be of valuable light and middle distillates; and more than 50% of the production of gas oil (diesel) and gasoline (petrol) will meet Euro IV and Euro V specifications. 
 
The release said the company was targeting newer markets such as Australia, New Zealand and north-west Europe, in addition to countries in the Indian subcontinent for exporting high-quality fuels. 
 
"However Essar Oil will continue to market a majority of its products in the domestic market.
The Vadinar refinery benefits from a fully integrated infrastructure including India’s only captive coal fired power plant (nearing completion) to provide power and process steam, a port, pipelines and tankage with multi modal product dispatch facilities through rail, road, and sea, giving it a unique cost advantage," it added.
 
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Reliance Industries selects Phillips 66’s E-Gas technology for its gasification project

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Energy and petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) today announced that it had selected Phillips 66’s E-Gas technology for its planned gasification plants at Jamnagar.

Reliance's Jamnagar site is the largest refining complex in the world, with an aggregate refining capacity of 1.3 million barrels of oil per day. 
 
The planned gasification plants at Jamnagar will be among the largest in the world and will process petroleum coke and coal into synthesis gas utilizing the E-Gas technology. The synthesis gas will be used as feedstock for a new chemical complex and will fuel the refinery's existing gas turbine power generation units.
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Suzlon Group wins 50 MW order from GMDC in Gujarat

File photo of windfarm in Gujarat
File photo of windfarm in Gujarat

Wind turbine manufacturers Suzlon Group today said it had signed a contract for a 50 MW project with Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd. (GMDC). 

The project will comprise 24 units of Suzlon’s S95 – 2.1 MW wind turbines, featuring DFIG technology. The project is set to be commissioned in the Jamnagar district of Gujarat and is worth Rs. 305.32 crore, a press release from the company.
 
“Suzlon is pleased to once again partner with GMDC in driving forward their commitment to sustainable energy, and through this contribute to the development of Gujarat’s low carbon economy. The state of Gujarat is blessed with immense wind potential and we are proud of our contribution in harnessing this potential," Suzlon Group Chairman Tulsi Tanti said.
 
GMDC currently has an existing installed base of 100.50 MW, out of which the major part – over 60 MW – has been supplied by Suzlon and is operating in sites across Gujarat. The new order takes GMDC’s total installed capacity to 150.50 MW, the release added.
 
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Reliance selects Fluor for project management of its refinery, petrochemical expansions

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Energy and petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) today said it had selected Irving, Texas-based Fluor Corporation to perform project management services for projects being executed at its world-scale Jamnagar refining and petrochemical complex on the west coast of India in Gujarat.

In addition to assisting RIL in project management, Fluor will also perform engineering and procurement services for the pet coke gasification project, a press release from the company said.
 
The investment in the expansion of energy and petrochemicals projects represents one of the largest such investments globally. The proposed coke gasification facility is also among the largest such projects ever built, it said.
 
The scope of the project management services to be provided by Fluor includes several world-scale units including petroleum coke gasification units, refinery off-gas cracker and downstream petrochemical plants, a captive power plant, associated utilities and offsites.
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The completed gasification project will gasify petroleum coke to produce fuel and hydrogen for the expanded refinery and petrochemical complexes and captive power plant as well as feedstock for future chemicals production, the release added.
 
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Essar Oil elevates C Manoharan as Director (Refinery)

C. Manoharan
C. Manoharan

Essar Oil Ltd. today announced the appointment of C. Manoharan, as Director (Refinery), with a position on the company's board. 

Prior to this, Manoharan held the position of Head of Refinery at Vadinar in Gujarat and was instrumental in successfully running the refinery consistently at above 130% capacity using almost 70 different grades of crude oil and producing high quality petroleum products. 
 
He also played a key role in successfully completing Essar Oil’s train I expansion project which increased refining capacity to 18MMTPA and complexity to 11.8 from 6.1. 
 
Prior to joining Essar Oil, Manoharan was with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL) for about 31 years, where his last held position was that of Executive Director - Panipat Refinery. A chemical engineer, he joined Essar Oil, a part of the Essar Group, as Head of Refinery in May 2008.
 
“Manoharahan is a stalwart in refining industry and has a very rich experience in project execution and refinery operations, having been closely associated with several large scale projects like Panipat Refinery expansion, integrated petrochemical project, and Essar Oil expansion project. Essar Oil board would greatly benefit from his expertise and knowledge,” L.K. Gupta, MD & CEO, Essar Oil said.
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“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to serve on the board of Essar Oil. We have just completed our expansion project, which will make us amongst the complex refineries globally. We are now fully geared up to ensure the timely completion of our optimisation project by September ’12, which will take our capacity to 20MMTPA,” Manoharan said.
 
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Essar commissions Vacuum Gas Oil Hydrotreating, Sulphur Recovery units at Vadinar Refinery

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Essar Oil Ltd (EOL) today said it had successfully commissioned a new Vacuum Gas Oil Hydrotreating Unit (VGOHDT) and Sulphur Recovery Unit (SRU) at its Vadinar Refinery in Gujarat.
 
With this milestone, the Delayed Coker Unit (DCU) is the only expansion unit that remains to be commissioned as part of EOL’s Rs 8,300-crore Phase I expansion project, a press release from the company, a part of the Essar Group, said.
 
The project, which is now just days away from being fully completed, will expand the capacity of the refinery to 18 MMTPA (375,000 barrels per day) and enhance complexity to 11.8 (from 6.1 currently), which is amongst the highest in the world, it said.
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