The Central government on Tuesday decided to transfer administrative control of Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) to ministry of petroleum & natural gas.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the transfer of administrative control of BCPL from department of chemicals & petrochemicals to ministry of petroleum & natural gas.

The BCPL, a central public sector undertaking (PSU), is implementing the Assam Gas Cracker Project (AGCP).

The decision was taken in the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Officials said that feedstock subsidy to BCPL has been estimated for 15 years of plant operation to maintain minimum Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 10 percent (post tax).

To bring the IRR to 10 percent, BCPL has estimated feedstock subsidy of approximately Rs 4600 crore for the project for 15 years of plant operation.

BCPL will submit the proposal on yearly basis from the next financial year onwards and the administrative ministry and department will devise a mechanism to examine the proposal in consultation with the Ministry of Finance.

The ministry of petroleum & natural gas will work to make firm arrangements through concerned PSUs for supply of committed quantity and quality of feedstock to the project as envisaged in the earlier CCEA approval of 2006.

The project is seen as a part of the implementation of Assam accord, and would give impetus to the development of north-eastern region of the country and will improve the socio economic conditions of the people of Assam through increased employment.


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