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CM writes to PM for Naphtha Cracker set up at Paradip

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to set a Naphtha Cracker unit at Paradip.

'An integrated Naphtha Cracker unit needs to be set up urgently if the objectives of setting up the Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR) are to be realised. The unit would provide possibility of maximising production of ethylene, propylene, butadiene and aromatic cuts,' said Patnaik.

He said that these will work as feedstock for a variety of industries that could serve the increasing demand of petrochemical products in the country across sectors such as textiles, polymers, pharmaceuticals, speciality chemicals.

Maintaining that in the meeting held on January 30, 2014 under the chairmanship of Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, the establishment of a Naphtha Cracker unit was planned and IOCL was advised to evolve a time bound plan for producing power from gas instead of naphtha and also subsequently, the Chief Secretary requested the Cabinet Secretary to intervene in the matter, Patnaik urged Modi to ask the IOCL to take up the proposed Naphtha Cracker and downstream units on priority.

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