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Shri P Padmanabhan , MD , NRL resigned from directorship in BCPL
Having superannuated and relinquished office as Managing Director, NRL, Shri P Padmanabhan resigned from directorship in BCPL w.e.f. 01.11.2017
BCPL Celebrates World Environment Day 2017
5th June 2017:World Environment Day (WED) 2017 was celebrated in various units of Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL), a Central Public Sector Undertaking under Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, the main petrochemical complex being located in Lepetkata, Dibrugarh, Assam. Programmes such as online quiz competition for employees, drawing competition for children of employees on this year’s WED theme Connecting People to Nature were organized. Banners were displayed at various plant locations to promote environment conservation and eco-friendly practices. The event concluded with tree plantations in Lepetkata, Lakwa and Duliajan Unit of BCPL.

BCPL has crossed production of One Lakh Metric Ton of Polymer
Lepetkata, Dibrugarh, 28th March 2017 : Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited, a Petrochemical Complex based at Lepetkata has crossed production of One Lakh Metric Ton of various grades of polymer and 13,500 Metric Ton of Liquid Hydrocarbon during the stabilization stage. BCPL is continuously producing prime grade products which are readily acceptable in the market.

The plant was commissioned in the beginning of the year 2016 and dedicated to the Nation by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi on 5th February 2016. With a sales figure of more than 82,000 Metric Ton of polymers in such a short span of time BCPL has established its brand and is making its presence felt in the petrochemical sector of India. BCPL has also started marketing liquid Nitrogen recently, the first tanker being flagged in the beginning of February 2017. In addition to this, National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), the sole accreditation body in India under the aegis of Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India has recommended BCPL’s Quality Control Laboratory for NABL certification. With a view to ensure ease and transparency in procurement, E-tendering has been introduced in BCPL from January 2017 onwards.

BCPL aims to be a socially responsive company and will seize every opportunity to act as a linking pin for inclusive growth of the society in days to come.

Cleanliness Drive organized by BCPL in Chowkidingee Field, Dibrugarh on 27 March 2017
Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited, a Central Public Sector Enterprise based in Lepetkata, Dibrugarh under the Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Govt. of India has been undertaking various awareness programs and cleanliness drives in the plant premises and nearby areas under the aegis of Swatch Bharat Abhiyan .

Continuing its efforts towards a green and clean environment, BCPL organized a comprehensive cleanliness drive in Chowkidingee Field, Dibrugarh in association with Prerona Pratibandhi (NGO) and Prerona Sishu Griha working with differently abled children in Dibrugarh on 27 March 2017, Monday. Mrs. Laya Madduri, Deputy Commissioner, Dibrugarh interacted with the children and BCPL employees on the occasion. She emphasized importance of cleanliness and said that we should not only participate but also change our mindset to ensure long term positive outcomes of such initiatives.
BCPL and DU enters into agreement to assist each other in professional excellence
BCPL, Lepetkata, 25th December 2016: With an objective to strengthen industry-academia linkage a MoU has been signed between Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) and Dibrugarh University (DU). As per the agreement both of the parties will work to promote mutual interest by arranging joint events, sharing knowledge and information and generating knowledge through research. As part of this agreement Senior Technical personnel of BCPL having relevant expertise shall be made members of the Board of Studies of the relevant academic Departments / Centres of Studies. Senior Technical personnel of BCPL shall also be invited as Visiting Fellow to various participating Departments/ Centres of Studies of DU. Students from DU can also visit various laboratories and installations of the BCPL. BCPL and DU will host joint events like Management Development Programmes (MDP), Special Talks etc. and shall work jointly to develop industry relevant research projects. Signing of this agreement is a major step towards professional excellence for both of the institutions as BCPL which is a recently commissioned petrochemical plant based at Leleptakata Dibrugarh having considerable practical expertise will help the Dibrugarh University, an apex educational institute in the region in research related activities. On the other hand BCPL will explore possibilities of utilizing the knowledge and expertise of DU for various consultancy services in the company.

The agreement was signed on 24th December 2016 at Administrative Building, BCPL Lepetkata by Shri Asit Das, Deputy General Manager (HR) on behalf of BCPL and Prof. M.N. Dutta, Registrar on behalf of DU in presence of Prof. Alak Kr. Buragohain, Vice Chancellor, DU and Shri O.P.Tailor, Director (Finance), BCPL. The ceremony was witnessed by Shri Ajay Tripathi, Chief Operating Officer and Shri Reep Hazarika, General Manager (O&M), BCPL along with other senior officials. Dr. B.K.Das, Professor Emeritus DU and Ex-MD, NRL was also present on the occasion.
Ashok Kumar Singh takes over as Managing Director of Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited.
Shri.Ashok Kumar Singh takes over as Managing Director of Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited. Sh. Singh, a Graduate in Electrical Engineering, has more than three decades of rich and varied experience in the Gas & Petrochemical Sector in India. After a brief stint as Planning Engineer with a multinational company in Bengaluru, he joined erstwhile Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited (IPCL), a petrochemical giant at Baroda in the year 1984.

After serving over six good years at IPCL, Sh. Singh switched over in the year 1990 to GAIL which was executing several projects at that time. Sh. Singh has worked in GAIL at various capacities encompassing numerous fields- execution of Petrochemical Complex, LPG Plants, cross-country Gas Pipeline Projects, Operation & Maintenance of Pipelines and Telecom business. Recognising his outstanding contributions in Project Execution, GAIL, the lead promoter of BCPL, deputed Sh. Singh to BCPL in the year 2010. He has played a vital role in completion & commissioning of the much awaited Petrochemical Complex at Lepetkata.
BCPL reaches out to the flood affected victims of Dibrugarh
Lepetkata, 29th July 2016 The situation in Assam is quite alarming as incessant rain and the rivers have swollen and inundated the villages. Thousands of people in the Dibrugarh District have been adversely affected as a result of this natural calamity. The nearby villages of the BCPL plant have also been inundated due to the rise of the river water level due to incessant rainfall from the last few days. So the management of BCPL has decided to contribute by distributing essential commodities towards the flood affected persons residing near the BCPL plant installations.

On 27th July 2016, BCPL arranged for distribution of food items, mosquito coils, candles etc to the flood affected victims in the Relief Camps near BCPL Plant, Lepetkata. This intiative has been taken by BCPL Management with a view to help the local people in such difficult circumstances.
Hon’ble Prime Minister dedicates to the Nation BCPL Petrochemical Complex
Lepetkata (Dibrugarh), February 5, 2016: Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today dedicated to the Nation the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) Petrochemical Complex, a flagship project of Assam, and Numaligarh Refinery Limited’s Wax Plant at a function here.

The plants were dedicated to the Nation by the Hon’ble Prime Minister in the august presence of Hon’ble Governor of Assam Shri Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi, Hon’ble Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Ananth Kumar, Hon’ble Union Minister of State (I/C), Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Union Minister of State (I/C), Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri SarbanandaSonowal, Hon’ble Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Development of North Eastern Region,Dr.Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri HansrajGangaramAhir, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, Shri RameswarTeli, Hon’ble Member of Legislative Assembly, Assam, Shri PrithibiMajhi, besides a host of other dignitaries.

BCPL was conceptualized to implement the Assam Gas Cracker project which is an outstanding outcome of the historic Assam Accord signed in 1985 aimed at the socio economic development of the entire North Eastern Region. The project was approved by the Government of India on April 18, 2006.

BCPL is a Central Public Sector Enterprise under the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India. GAIL (India) Limited is the main promoter having 70% equity participation and the rest 30% is equally shared by Oil India Limited (OIL), Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) and Government of Assam.

Set up with an investment of approx. Rs. 10,000 crores, the BCPL plant will have the capacity to manufacture 2,80,000 tonnes per annum of polymer products which will result in the growth of new downstream plastic processing industries in the North Eastern region, besides reducing dependency on polymer supply from other parts of the country.

It has generated direct employment for 700 personnel and indirect employment for around 2,500 people in the project complex. Moreover, it will generate nearly one lakh indirect employment opportunities through setting up of various downstream plastic processing industries and ancillaries in the region.

The BCPL complex, situated at Lepetkata about 15 kms from Dibrugarh, is spread over 3,000 bighas of land which was acquired and handed over by the Government of Assam to BCPL.

The Feedstock for the project will be Natural Gas and Naphtha which will be supplied by Oil India Limited, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and NRL.

Some of the major challenges faced during the construction of the BCPL plant included requirement of huge earth-filling at the project site which was located at a low-lying area, prolonged monsoon period and heavy rainfall leading to lesser effective working time for construction and scarcity of adequate resources. Despite these hurdles, the plant has been successfully commissioned and dedicated to the Nation today.

Wax Plant of Numaligarh Refinery Limited: The 50,000 Metric Tonnes (MT) Wax Plant commissioned in March 2015 at a cost of Rs. 676 crores is the country’s largest Wax producing unit with indigenous technology developed by IIP Dehradun, EIL and NRL. Leveraging on the inherent properties of wax rich crude oil from the oil fields of Assam, the plant is designed to produce superior quality paraffin and semi-microcrystalline wax and is a worthy manifestation of the ’Make in India’ campaign of the Govt. of India. At present, a major part of the country’s annual demand for Paraffin Wax along with the entire demand for Microcrystalline Wax is being met through imports. NRL’s Wax plant will minimize the supply deficit in the domestic market substantially, thus reducing imports. NRL is also exploring opportunities to export Wax to the neighbouring countries aligning with the ’Act East Policy’ of the Govt. of India.

The Wax Plant will also open up opportunities for ancillary industries to thrive while creating avenues for large scale employment. The utility of Paraffin Wax lies in making candles, tarpaulin sheets, food grade wrappers and in PVC pipe manufacturing industries while Microcrystalline Wax finds widespread application in the manufacture of tyres, rubber products, paints and polishes, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

BCPL Lepetkata Commissions GSU/ C2 Recovery Unit and Polypropylene Unit.

Lepetkata, Dibrugarh, 4th July 2015 :Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) has inched forward towards overall operations of the much-awaited Assam Gas Cracker project with commissioning of the units- GSU & C2+ Recovery Unit (licensed by M/s EIL) and Polypropylene unit (PPU), licensed by Lummus Novolen, Germany at Lepetkata complex in presence of representatives from the respective licensors. C2+ liquid will be used as feedstock for the Cracker unit. GSU/C2+ Recovery unit will process rich gas to be supplied from OIL, Duliajan through Gas Compression Station of BCPL at Duliajan which is already operational. Carbon Di-Oxide (CO2) present in the rich gas from OIL, Duliajan is extracted in the integrated plant of GSU & C2+ Recovery unit and then the gas is chilled to required temperature to produce C2+ liquid for feeding to Cracker Unit.

The state-of-art PPU plant is utilizing the Novolen ® advanced gas-phase polypropylene technology, licensed by Lummus Novolen, Germany. Reaction has been established in the Polymerization Reactor in PPU, to produce the Polypropylene (PP) powder with propylene from external source as per commissioning plan. PP Powder after the Reactor and other associated vessels are fed to the Extruder Unit where final product comes out in form of pellets. It is to mention here that the Extruder unit and bagging unit of PPU have already been commissioned earlier.

Major portions of Ethylene cracker Unit is already available for operations and the Furnaces are ready for cracking. However, due to requirement of desired dew point into the systems, the same shall be put into process once the required dew point is achieved. LLDPE/HDPE unit will also be made operational after receipt of ethylene from the Cracker plant.

Sh. P N Prasad, Managing Director of BCPL has congratulated all the employees of BCPL on the successful commissioning of PPU and GSU/C2+ Recovery Unit and urged all to put their best efforts for full-fledged operations of the remaining areas of- Ethylene Cracker Unit and LLDPE/HDPE Unit. He also expressed his thanks to the employees for their relentless efforts and for being a part of commissioning of this mega project.

Once fully operational, the BCPL plant will be producing 2, 20,000 tonnes per annum of LLDPE/HDPE and 60,000 tonnes per annum of Polypropylene beside other value added by-products. Considering the fact that plastic consumption in NE is 3.75 Kg per capita which is far less than the national average of 8 Kg. This project will usher in a new era towards socio-economic development of entire North East Region. It is expected that with the full- fledged operations of BCPL, avenues shall be created in direct employment and indirect employment through setting up of downstream industries thus boosting the economy at micro and macro level.

As plastic industry is consumption based, production of various ranges of polymers for different applications in sectors such as packaging film, roto, injection, raffia, and blow molding is expected to boost supply of different end use products like water storage tanks, household items, house-wares, crates, buckets and packaging materials etc.

All employees of BCPL, licensors, contractors etc. have been working day and night continuously for last few months for achieving the milestones.

BCPL Management
Review of Project activities of BCPL by Dr. M Veerappa Moily

Dibrugarh, November 16, 2013: Dr. M Veerappa Moily, Union Minister of  Petroleum & Natural Gas visited BCPL project Site and reviewed the project activities today at Lepetkata, Dibrugarh. He was accompanied by Sh. Paban Singh Ghatowar, Union Minister of State, (Independent Charge), DONER, Parliamentary Affairs along with Sh. Pradyut Bordoloi, Minister of Power Industries & Commerce, Public Enterprises, Government of Assam. Sh. B C Tripathi, Chairman, BCPL, Sh. A K Purwaha, Chairman, Engineers India Limited, and Sh. Avinash  Joshi, Joint Secretary, DCPC, MoCF were also present in the said review meeting.

BCPL project has achieved overall physical progress of 95 per cent the middle of November, 2013 against all the odds like bandhs, labour unrest etc.

Gas Dehydration Unit & Compressor Station at Duliajan, Gas Sweetening & C2+ Recovery Unit and sections of Utilities and Offsite Units including part of Captive Power Plant at Lepetkata has been mechanically complete and pre-commissioning activities have already been started.  Majority of the Civil Structural and mechanical works have been completed in the rest of the units and Electrical & Instrumentation works are in progress. All efforts are being made to expeditiously complete pre-commissioning and commissioning of the entire complex.

With around 300 executives on its pay roll and 50 executives on secondment from GAIL having experience and expertise the project is all set to commence its pre-commissioning operation. The recruitment of non executive employees has already been started and joined.  At present more than 200 CISF personnel are deployed at Project Sites for ensuring a safe and secure working environment. Adequate care is being taken in recruitment to have major representation of the local population.

The project is also being regularly monitored at the highest levels in the Government. All endeavors are being made to create conducive working environment at the project site and it is appealed that everyone should cooperate towards timely completion of the project.

Company is also stressing its commitment in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects in and around Dibrugarh. 

Gas Cracker Project on track ,Physical and Financial progress on schedule

Dibrugarh, January 8, 2013: BCPL is set to implement the project on schedule achieving overall physical progress of 86.4 per cent and the financial progress at 65.91 per cent by the middle of December, 2012.  All efforts are being made to achieve mechanical completion by July 2013.

Works at all the sites are in full swing under the Engineering and Project Management Consultant M/s Engineers India Limited (EIL). Civil and Structural works at all process units are nearing completion. Mechanical Piping & Erection works at Process Units and Utilities & Offsite Units are going on at full swing. More than 700 process equipment have already been erected at major process units. Electrical & Instrumentation works are also gaining momentum.

BCPL has incurred Capital Expenditure of  Rs. 5879.22 Crores till the middle of December 2012 (out of the total financial commitment towards purchase orders and contracts of about Rs. 7958.69 Crores till 15th Dec’12).Issuance of orders for all scheduled work orders has been completed and most of the consignments have already been received at site. Balance short receipt orderings and material receipts are expected as per project schedule. BCPL has been rated with A+ / stable credit rating by CRISIL for debt components.

The requisite manpower having experience in similar projects have been posted at site from GAIL in order to expedite the progress. The Company has also started to recruit its own manpower.  Till date 191 executives are on BCPL roll and further recruitment of 130 nos of executives and 93 nos of non-executives are under process. Adequate care is being taken in recruitment to have major representation of the local population.

The project is also being regularly monitored at the highest levels in the Government. Efforts are being made to mitigate any delay in the project. All endeavors are being made to create conducive working environment at the project site and it is appealed that everyone should cooperate towards timely completion of the project.

Company is also stressing its commitment in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for development of nearby areas. BCPL has committed to spend about Rs. 1 crore on CSR for the financial year 2012-13 in consultation with local District Authorities in the areas like Infrastructure, Education, literacy enhancement and Medical & Health Care. 50 percent of the above fund has also been released to the District Authority for the above CSR projects.

BCPL will produce various ranges of polymers for different applications in sectors such as packaging film, roto, injection, raffia, and blow moulding. This will boost the supply of different end use products like water storage tanks, household items, house-wares, crates, buckets and packaging materials, woven sacks for packaging of fertilizers and cement, containers for edible oil and chemicals in the North Eastern States. These products would be marketed with assistance from GAIL (India) Ltd. which has a wide marketing network in the country and has approximately 21 per cent share in domestic polyethylene market.

Brahmaputra Gas Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) is a Joint Venture Company (JVC) with GAIL as the lead promoter having 70% equity. The other Joint Venture partners are Oil India Limited (OIL), Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) and Assam Government, each having 10% equity. The scope of business of the JVC includes investing, setting up and operation and maintenance of the facilities for integrated Petrochemical Complex at Lepetkata, District Dibrugarh, Assam, comprising of a cracker unit, downstream polymer and integrated off-site/utilities plants, facilities for Gas Sweetening and Ethane and Heavier Hydrocarbon Recovery Unit at Lakwa. 

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