(EnergyAsia, September 2 2014, Tuesday) — A subsidiary of India’s state-owned integrated oil and gas firm ONGC has started up the petrochemicals fluidised catalytic cracking (FCC) unit as part of the planned upgrade and 50% expansion of its 200,000-b/d refinery in Mangalore.

Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) said the new unit is designed to produce up to 2.2 million tonnes per year of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), polymer grade propylene and gasoline.

As part of its expansion programme announced in early 2010, the company started up a 650,000 tonne/year coker heavy gasoil hydrotreating unit and a three-million t/y delayed coking unit at the refinery in southwestern India in the second quarter of 2014.

According to Vijay Joshi, MRPL’s refinery director, the new units will enable the Mumbai-listed company to produce higher value products from refining heavy crude oil and fuel oil.