Bayer hunts for more gas

Vol 20, PW 2 (06 Oct 16) News in Brief

South Gujarat-based Bayer Vapi, a 100% subsidiary of agricultural and healthcare company Bayer SAS France, is on the hunt for more gas to fuel the expansion of its pesticides factory.

For now Bayer Vapi is receiving 5006 cm/hour of gas from GSPC to fire its boilers and burners. But it's planning a Rs582.46cr ($88m) factory capacity expansion from 17,562 t/y to 26,572 t/y for which it will need an additional 1150 cm/hour.

Most likely this gas will come from GSPC or any other supplier who can provide a competitive price. Bayer Vapi also wants to increase diesel consumption from 1684 litres/hour to 2434 litres/hour.

Until now the company has been sourcing both fuel oil and diesel from a local dealer. On August 30, Bayer applied for environmental clearance for the expansion and expects approvals by November and to commission the project within 36 months.

Meanwhile, Baroda-based Janvi Chemicals wants an undisclosed gas quantity for a new 108,00 t/y 'speciality chemicals' and pesticides intermediates factory it wants to set up at Dahej.