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APIIC to study success of petrochemical hub in Belgium

Expert speak: B.R Meena, Managing Director of the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation, addressing a roundtable session organised by the CII in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. (From the left): R.V.S Raju, the vice-chairman of the CII, Vizag, V.N Vishnu, the Commissioner of the GVMC, H.E Jean-Joel Schittecatte, the Consul-General of Belgium, Capt. Sriram Ravi Chander, the Chairman of the CII, and M.S Rao, the Development Commissioner of Visakhapatnam Special Economic Zone. — Photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

Expert speak: B.R Meena, Managing Director of the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation, addressing a roundtable session organised by the CII in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. (From the left): R.V.S Raju, the vice-chairman of the CII, Vizag, V.N Vishnu, the Commissioner of the GVMC, H.E Jean-Joel Schittecatte, the Consul-General of Belgium, Capt. Sriram Ravi Chander, the Chairman of the CII, and M.S Rao, the Development Commissioner of Visakhapatnam Special Economic Zone. — Photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM  

CII organises roundtable with high-level delegation

The AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC), the nodal agency for developing the Petroleum, Chemicals and Petroleum Investment Region (PCPIR) between Visakhapatnam and Kakinada will study the success of petrochemical hub set up at Antwerp in Belgium.

This was decided at a roundtable conference the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) had with a high-level delegation from Belgium and representatives from the industry and the government here on Thursday.

The conference was held as a prelude to a national meet being hosted by the CII in the city later this year.

Belgium Consul General Jean-Joel Schittecatte, India Representative of Port Authority of Antwerp Raj Khalid, District Collector J. Syamala Rao, GVMC Commissioner V.N. Vishnu, Visakhapatnam Special Economic Zone Development Commissioner M.S. Rao, VUDA Vice-Chairman B. Sreedhar and others attended.

The Belgium delegation also extended an invitation to a team from AP to study the petrochemical hub in their country. Antwerp is the Europe's largest refining and petroleum hub and the second largest petroleum cluster after the Houston Ship Channel in the US.

APIIC Vice-Chairman and Managing Director B.R. Meena said the proposed PCPIR would spur growth in the region.

Master plan

He said a comprehensive Master Plan would be prepared to ensure planned development of various clusters, roads, warehousing, effluent disposal, road and rail connectivity and other infrastructure.

Mr. Meena, who is also the chairman of PCPIR Development Authority, said two 15 million tonnes per annum refineries would come up near Visakhapatnam and Kakinada. He said five SEZs were already operational in the PCPIR and claimed that this would be the largest PCPIR spread over 603 sq. km compared to the one proposed in Gujarat and West Bengal.

He pointed out that HPCL's Visakh Refinery was also in the process of expanding its capacity from 9.5 to 15 million tonnes per annum by 2014.

Presiding over the meeting, CII Vizag Zone Chairman Capt. Sriram Ravi Chander said the PCPIR would attract huge investments in various sectors in coming years.

VSEZ Development Commissioner M.S. Rao said AP, which was on the forefront in setting up SEZs, explained about role of SEZs in economic growth.

GVMC Commissioner V.N. Vishnu said power, water and connectivity were the three important requirements for any industry and underlined the need to develop infrastructure to bring investments.

RHI Clasil Ltd. President R.V.S. Raju proposed a vote of thanks.



  • Proposed PCPIR will spur growth in the region, says B.R. Meena
  • Two 15 million tonnes per annum refineries will come up near Visakhapatnam and Kakinada

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