ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Ltd. (OMPL), a joint venture of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) and Mangalore Refineries & Petrochemical Limited (MRPL), will roll out products from its Mangalore plant in January , said Sudhir Vasudeva, Chairman, MRPL.

Addressing a press conference after the company’s 25th annual general meeting (AGM) , he said benzene and paraxylene would be rolled out of the plant.

P. P. Upadhya, Managing Director, MRPL, said the products could serve as feedstock to other industry. The Mangalore Special Economic Zone (MSEZ) was recently permitted to become a general purpose multiple product (GPMP) SEZ.

Mr. Vasudeva said OMPL’s products would open more avenues to other industries, depending on how interested the latter were and how far they were able to climb the petrochemical value chain.

To a query on “a major delay” anticipated in the polypropylene unit mentioned in the company’s hand-out to shareholders, Mr. Upadhya said the delay was due to changes in the site of the project.

“We started late, and there was a change in the location of the site and the terrain led to a delay,” he said.

However, he said he expected the project to be complete by January or February. Mr. Upadhya said that efforts were on towards setting up a linear alkyl benzene (raw material for detergents) plant in Mangalore.

The company had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Karnataka for setting up the plant.