BPCL will produce niche petrochemical products, that are predominantly imported into the country, at its Kochi refinery using propylene that will be available once the ongoing refinery
expansion is completed, the company said in a statement.
The state-owned company plans to boost capacity at its Kochi refinery in southern India to 310,000 barrels per day (bpd) from the current 190,000 bpd by May 2016.
The project proposal will now be submitted for obtaining environmental clearance and the petrochemical unit is expected to come on stream during financial year 2018-2019, BPCL said.

BPCL is a state-controlled oil and gas company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. BPCL has been ranked 229th in the Fortune Global 500 rankings of the world's biggest corporations for the year 2013.      

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