|The Centre is planning to set up Reverse Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in various nations starting from Iran in order to meet the increasing demand of speciality chemicals in the country, a senior government official said recently.|
The domestic process and chemical industry needs to explore joint ventures and acquire assets in the oil and gas rich regions abroad for securing alternative feedstock and energy sources, the official said.
|"In 2013, India was the second largest producer of chemicals in Asia after China. Joint Ventures and alliances abroad for technical and R&D support and global reach can help our industry grow in a big way," Union Secretary for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Surjit Chaudhary said while inaugurating a four-day chemical fair CHEMTECH World Expo 2015.
"The department of chemicals has proposed a reverse SEZ to be set up in Chabhar Port area of Iran for manufacturing of industrial chemicals that are used in abundance by Indian companies. To begin with, one such chemical proposed is methanol or methyl alcohol and the proposal has been sent for inter-ministerial consultations with department of commerce and ministry of external affairs," Chaudhary said.
"As per the proposal, the Indian companies either in consortium or in joint venture with foreign partners or standalone will set up unit in Iran for manufacturing of methanol. This primary chemical will then be exported back to India where the companies could use it for manufacturing of end use chemicals.
"Thus while the Indian chemical companies could get the supply of the feedstock at a discounted price compared to the imported price, end-use products - speciality chemicals - could be manufactured for use in India and for exports thus making the slogan of 'Make in India' worthwhile. The feedstock will be primarily used for value addition in India," the officer said.