IOC Bets Big On Petrochemicals, Forward Integration Into Textile Biz

New Delhi, Sep 21 (IANS) Country’s largest oil marketing company Indian Oil Corporation proposes to leverage its growing petrochemical operations to expand the textile business as it looks to diversify operations and offset risks associated with oil operations.

At a recent Asia Pacific oil summit IOC chairman S.M. Vaidya reportedly said that petrochemical expansion is being targeted by the company as it gives the company ability to de-risk from lower refining margins.

The chairman said that the petrochemical expansion would look into entering niche areas with a possibility of forwarding integration into the textile business.

Petrochemical presents a big opportunity in India as the per capita consumption still remains very low. This is expected to pick up pace in the coming years and IOC wants to capture most of the emerging market.

IOC is expanding its petrochemical capacity by more than 70 per cent from its current 3.2 million tonnes a year. It is also on new technologies that reduces the cost of producing petrochemicals.


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